Taipei, Dec. 19 (CNA) A humanoid robot named Pepper began serving Monday as a "super receptionist" at the Taipei flagship store of Taiwan Mobile Co., one of Taiwan's major telecommunication service providers, which revealed that more of the robots will be used at some of its other outlets next year.
The Pepper project is part of a high-profile cooperation project between Taiwan Mobile and the Hon Hai Precision Industry Group, which produces the robot developed by Japanese telecom giant SoftBank Corp., according to Taiwan Mobile.
Following the debut of Pepper in Taipei, the company will post five to 10 more of the devices at its other major outlets next year so that visitors to the stores around Taiwan will be able to enjoy a delightful greeting as they enter the shops, said Taiwan Mobile chief business officer Jeff Ku (谷元宏).
Apart from Pepper, Taiwan Mobile and Hon Hai have not ruled out the possibility of developing more cooperative projects in the areas of the Internet of Things and smart life, Ku added.
Pepper has been designed with the ability to read emotions and is able to interact with consumers. In its debut Monday, the robot performed a dance and sang a Christmas song in Taiwanese to entertain visitors.
In addition to giving greetings, the services provided by Pepper include offering data on the newest promotional packages, feeding consumers the content of the company's online services such as myBook, myVideo and myMusic, and playing computer games with clients.
(By Esme Jiang and Elizabeth Hsu)