Cloud computing isn't just for humans - robots are getting in on the action too.
Connecting robots to the Internet reduces the need for additional hardware, enabling greater mobility and communication. Softbank's new robot, Pepper, for instance, owes its capability to read human emotions to cloud computing.
Pepper's primary goal is to make people happy to interact with it, Bruno Maisonnier, CEO of the French robotics firm Aldebaran that developed Pepper, told CNBC. Pepper uses cloud computing to share data that enhances its emotional capabilities.
"It's very important that we gather as much data as possible to improve [Pepper's] understanding of human emotion and recognition of environments and contexts. We have algorithms and deep learning that will make him understand more and more," Maisonnier said.
While the cloud improves the robot's learning capacity, there's also an application store from which the robot can download new behaviors and information on topics including education, entertainment and health care.
Read More10 game changers in cloud computing
However, Marc Einstein, industry principal at ICT Practice, Frost & Sullivan, noted that Pepper may not be a huge revenue generator for SoftBank at the moment. Instead, he believes the underlying story is that the Japanese company is simply looking elsewhere for investment amid a saturated domestic market.