The evolution of smartphones has taken a new turn. A Japanese electronics major, Sharp has unveiled its RoBoHon smartphone, a cute 7.6-inch robot. The device will be actually available for sale, at least in the domestic country by 2016 and it is expected from the firm that it will widen the availability range to global.
The 390 grams heavy robotic smartphone is designed by Sharp and Tomotaka Takahashi, roboticist and founder of Kyoto University’s ROBO-GARAGE. Apart from sitting, standing, dancing and raising its hands to notify users it can perform several other tasks like answering incoming calls, messages, emails and it also responds to natural dialogues like Apple’s Siri or Google Now.
The RoBoHon can entertain its user by talking, walking, playing music and much more. However, basically it is an android phone with 3G and LTE connectivity. The best part of the device is its emotional activities as it receives the call on speakerphone by default, in a manner such that it is talking to the receiver rather than whoever is on the other line. For privacy issues, users can also pick him up and he will whisper into their ear.
The device comes with a small 2-inch touchscreen with 320 x 240 pixels of resolution that allows the users to access the functionality, however, most of the things can be commanded by voice. It can capture images by using the camera which is fitted in its eyes and manages to display them on walls with the help of pico projector, integrated on its forehead. It is powered by a 1.2GHz MSM 8926 quad-core processor.
Tech Specs for Sharp’s RoBoHon
|Display||2-inch 320×240 touchscreen display|
|Camera||Good quality camera coupled with projector|
|Processor||1.2GHz MSM 8926 quad-core processor.|