Thursday, December 23, 2021

Robohon, the robo-phone you'll want in your pocket

It's a cross between a cell phone and a robot, and it's all thanks to a Japanese effort.



We've grown accustomed to seeing many types of robots. The same may be said for the cellphones that have taken over our world. In the absence of new inventions, humans are unlikely to be astonished in either of these two fields.

Sharp, on the other hand, wants to take it a step farther and combine robots and mobile telephony. The end result is a cute humanoid robot that can also be used as a phone. Of course, it may seem unusual to hold something in the shape of a human to your ear, but given that it was designed in Japan, it's not a big concern.

Robohon is a humanoid mini-robot that dances, speaks, and also acts as a sophisticated cell phone that desires to lead this sort of telephony, according to the creature's father, Tomoka Takahashi, who is also the father of the first robot astronaut, whose return to Earth is already one year old.

In terms of technical specifications, this robot runs Android 5.0, has facial and voice recognition technology, LTE or 4G connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, and wifi, as well as a small two-inch LCD touch screen on the back. It also includes a 1700 mAh battery and 16GB of internal storage. It is 19.5 centimeters in length and 390 grams in weight.

It isn't particularly powerful, and carrying it in your pocket isn't ideal. But if there's one thing that this small robot has going for it, it's the fact that it walks, takes pictures with its 8 megapixel camera, plays music, and can even project movies on the wall using an embedded sensor on its front with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. What more could you possibly want?

It was just released this week, and test units are now available at the RoBoHon Café in Tokyo. As for the price, you can probably guess that such a cute little creature won't be inexpensive. You read that correctly: if you want your talking robot, you'll have to pay 1,801$.


Article Author Gerluxe Image: engadget

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