Sharp’s Robot Smartphone, RoBoHon, Goes on Sale


The world’s first robotic mobile phone RoBoHon, started sale on Thursday in Japan. RoboHon is a pocket-size walking and dancing robot. RoBoHon is based on the concept of a modern smartphone, and it proves to be almost ubiquitous virtual assistant, and it is all shaped like a robot.
This unique smartphone is developed by Japanese electronics company, Sharp and engineer Tomotaka Takahashi, inventor of the first robot astronaut ‘Kirobo’.
To mark the launch, the Osaka-based company opened the RoBoHon Cafe in Tokyo where visitors can test the robot until June 7. RoBoHon is 19.5—cm tall robot smartphone, weighing 390 grams.
The Japanese electronics manufacturer is producing 5,000 units per month, aiming to be the leader of this type of mobile after sealing a takeover agreement with the Taiwanese company Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn, otherwise known for assembling iPhones and iPads for Apple.
It is not to be used just as a mobile, but the RoBoHon could be used as a projector to display videos, photos or maps. It also offers a wide range of applications based on conversation with the android OS. RoBoHon has ability to recognise faces of people with its front camera and then address them by their name.

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