Army of Androids to Sell Nestlé Coffee in Japan



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Nestlé are to staff 1,000 of its Japanese Nespresso coffee stores with robots. Pepper the android was paraded at Nestlé’s promotional event on Monday.

Pepper is 120cm tall with a white plastic body and a tablet computer chestplate, and has already been deployed in 74 of Japan’s Softback stores, selling mobile phones.

Collecting customer opinions is one of Pepper’s key objectives. In a conversation with Japanese TV host Kyoko Uchida, Pepper asked, “How do you enjoy your coffee? Number one: An eye-opener coffee; Number two: A post-meal cup of coffee.” Pepper can understand 80% of conversations, according to its French creators, Aldebaran, and will “help us discover consumer needs through conversations between our customers and Pepper.”

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Pepper will even be available for sale in February, costing 198,000 yen, plus monthly fees.

Source: The Guardian


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