Pepper Robot to offer concierge service at Mizuho Bank

SoftBank's humanoid, emotion-sensing, rather talkative Pepper Robot will start offering concierge service at Mizuho Bank, one of the Japan's major banks, in July 2015.

Pepper the robot, as a system, is intended to eventually have its own app store, of a sort, and right out of the gate, SoftBank Robotics is going to add a special app for Mizuho Bank.

Next-generation smart networks and ways to connect them

As part of a project to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Keio University’s Faculty of Science and Technology, the University has started an innovative research project involving the industrial, government, and academic sectors. This project is called the Keio Innovation Foundry, or KIF. Its participants have formed a consortium, to co-develop technologies from the Faculty of Science and Technology that are close to having commercial applications. The aim is to pursue a diverse range of joint research, with lively interchange among researchers in all three sectors.