Did you know: the world's first robot-staffed smartphone store is about to open in Japan
The Pepper robots will be also able to sign up contracts and create data plans. There's even a hierarchy of sort, with robots performing the roles of managers, specialists, and "time killers" - we're not quite sure what those specimes will be up to, but we can sardonically presume they will try to sell you plans and accessories you don't really need right now.
Waiting in line is better when you have a funny robotic pal, right?The people-friendly robot is pretty popular in Japan and is already present in establishments such as Miziho bank branches and Nescafe outlets, acting as a sort of information kiosk and entertainer. Waiting in line is better when you have a funny robotic pal, right? That aside, there are some economical considerations to ponder. From an employer's perspective, a Pepper robot worker comes at a $1,670 one-time investment, followed by an optional $125 monthly service plan. Compare that to the expenses of handling workers' salary, and the long-term future for clerks appears bleak.
The Pepper robot store is about to open on March 28 and will remain operational for a limited time. We can't know for sure what Sprint aims to achieve with its "little experiment", but the outcome is going to be interesting for sure! If you happen to waltz in there by chance and you speak English, do tell us about your experience!