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Pepper robot's creator building lovable machine

Kaname Hayashi, founder of Groove X, speaks at the Pioneers Asia startup event in Tokyo on March 23.

TOKYO   Kaname Hayashi, who led the team that developed SoftBank Group's Pepper humanoid robot, is again in the spotlight, having recently set up a venture company to create a device that has a genuine personality and inspires real affection.

     Hayashi established Groove X in Tokyo in November 2015, a few months after leaving Japanese telecom company SoftBank. He hopes to have the new robot up and running by 2019.

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