Japan’s SoftBank to develop human-like robots: sources

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    A man holding an umbrella walks past the logo of Softbank Corp at its branch in TokyoJapan's SoftBank Corp is developing human-like robots which it will use to staff its cellphone stores, two people with knowledge of the matter said, in a move aimed at expanding the mobile phone and Internet conglomerate's technological reach. SoftBank Chief Executive Masayoshi Son will announce the plan at a news conference on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. local time (12 a.m. EDT), the people said. Softbank will use technologies developed by French robotics company Aldebaran, in which it took a stake in 2012, the people added. The Nikkei business daily said production of the robots would be outsourced to Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd. SoftBank and Hon Hai declined to comment.

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