From the country that brought you pretty much every crazy robot you’ve ever seen, Sharp on Tuesday 6 Oct, 2015, showed off a prototype robot that doubles as a smartphone or is that a smartphone in the form of a robot? It’s not entirely clear, but it is cute.
When the rest of a phone is a gesture-prone robot, other specifications fade into the distance, but Sharp’s given us most of the details. It’s not light (390 grams), or small (at 19.5cm tall, almost eight inches), making it the antithesis of how all other smartphones are evolving. There’s WiFi and LTE to make it work like a phone should, and a tiny two-inch 320 x 240 screen on its back — because you should be looking at its cute lil’ face, silly. Inside there, there’s cameras for facial recognition, and voice recognition built-in too. Sure, both are features found in existing smartphones, but they’re not robots. Don’t you get it yet?
The RoboHon (that’s a Japanese katakana-ized contraction of robot phone) can walk, sit down, get back up, dance, and raise its arms when it’s got something to tell you. It’ll be your talkative alarm clock, memo taker and text message reader and do all sorts of Siri things with a reduced level of creepiness.
RoBoHoN is a phone you have never seen before, A phone in human shape, feel like talking to, also wants to know you, to hear what you hear, to see what you see and share it. That is little RoBoHoN.
The RoBoHoN (a mix of the words robot and phone), will go on sale in Japan in the first half of 2016.
- Height: approx. 19.5cm
- Weight: approx. 390g
- Network: 3G/LTE/Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n*)
- CPU: MSM 8926 1.2GHz (quad-core)
- Display: 2.0 inch (QVGA)
- Sit up
- Face Recognition
Release date and its price are to be determined.
Specification, performance and product photos are subject to change without prior notice.
Sharp claims the RoboHon is easy to carry around – you can put it in your pocket or bag. It supports both LTE and 3G, and is capable of walking, notifying new messages, remembering stuff, and even clicking pictures. You can see the robot phone in action in the video below.