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SoftBank gives robot maid apps in bid for home users

Telecom group targets families with babysitting, remote functions


TOKYO -- Pepper, SoftBank Group's humanoid robot, will receive seven new home-oriented apps -- such as for watching over family members and operating appliances -- aimed at attracting price-wary individuals.

The Japanese information technology and telecom company announced the new apps Tuesday, and will offer them for free to Pepper users starting on Wednesday.

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