Pepper promises a lot.

SoftBank’s ambitious android, announced earlier in the month, is touted as the world’s first robot that can understand emotions. And it’s not just a lab experiment — it’s on display in two of the Japanese carrier’s stores right now, and will go on sale to the general public in February for under $2,000.

SoftBank says Pepper will be able to staff its stores, mind babies, and ultimately “increase the joy” of the families it joins. “A robot that behaves autonomously, powered by love,” reads one slide of the presentation given by CEO Masayoshi Son.

Of course, I had to meet this robot for myself.