Kaname Hayashi is the inventor of Pepper – the cute humanoid robot that can read emotions. Now the Japanese technologist is working on his next project – an R2-D2 like robot that can roam around the home and cheer you up.
After leaving SoftBank last year, Hayashi founded his own start-up Groove X in November. His team of around 20 has been working on the new robot since January 2016 but full details can't be disclosed yet.
"It's completely new," Hayashi told CNBC in a phone interview on Tuesday.