A new robot that is capable of understanding human feelings and emotions has been developed in Japan, and the 'humanoid' is set to go on sale shortly.

The 'humanoid' termed Pepper has been developed by Japanese telecommunications firm SoftBank which says that the robot can be used for a variety of tasks ranging from babysitting to storekeeping.

Pepper is equipped with a Li-Ion battery that is claimed to provide enough charge to keep the machine running for up to 12 hours. The robot also has two arms, and moves by rolling on wheels attached to a base. Pepper is also equipped with various audio video (AV) and tactile sensors that enable detection of objects.

A 10.1 inch touchscreen also adorns the robot's chest, specifically designed for human interaction via voice commands and gesticulations.