When every device gets sleeker, RoboHon is the most adorable smartphone of them all, and could arguably qualify as the oddest one in the bunch. The tiny robot moonlights as a phone, or perhaps it’s the other way around.
Regardless, RoboHon can perform several tasks like your smartphone, and will look rather cute while it’s doing it. Sharp has presented their next-generation concept designed by Tomotaka Takahashi at a demonstration just outside of Tokyo. It displayed a lot of the tiny robot’s functions which turns it into a tiny personal assistant that can travel around in your pocket.
Or, it could just be the adorable sidekick.
The 4G-enabled RoboHon is 8 inches tall and features a 2 inch LCD screen for display on its back. The front camera uses facial and voice recognition to understand commands, or even snap a picture when the user is smiling. The responses were perhaps not the most complex, but it was able to answer certain questions.
For example, it did indeed reply that sunsets are truly beautiful. It’s not quite the AI threat that will bring the demise of the humans race nor the always-knowledgeable Siri, but it makes up for it with its sunny disposition.
The tiny bot weights 390g, and has WiFi along with LTE support. It can move around, walk, do a dance and even project certain images on nearby surfaces. And, as any good personal assistant, RoboHon will read out your messages, reminders, or act as your alarm clock.
It’s an interesting ‘light’ version of a smartphone, given that it does have the basic functions.
Its big eyes and overall tiny appearance will make it a cute accessory to carry around or have around the house. Children might be a little to tempted to play around with the high-tech gadget, though. For that reason and the fact that it looks more like a toy, it was questioned whether RoboHon will actually be a practical purchase.
While you can bring it to your ear and talk like a regular phone, it might look a bit silly.
According to its designer, Takahashi, he believes RoboHon is both practical and fun at the same time, like most of their products. However, he will not be giving up on his smartphone just yet. At least not until technology improves and AIs will become a more frequently met commodity.
Sharp is set to release RoboHon at some point in 2016, though neither its precise date nor the price have been confirmed.
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