SoftBank will start taking pre-orders for the enterprise model of its humanoid robot, Pepper, on October 1. The company revealed today “Pepper for Biz” will cost 55,000 yen (about $440 a month) per month to rent. Contracts are for 36 months, so businesses have to spend a total of about $15,940 in rental charges.
Last month, Pepper landed a $236 million investment from Alibaba and Foxconn, which each now owns a 20 percent stake in SoftBank Robotics Holdings (SoftBank holds the remaining 60 percent). The three companies plan to take Pepper and SoftBank’s other robotics businesses into international markets.