Meet Sharp’s RoBoHoN, a smartphone in a robot
If you’re super-duper interested in kawaii novelty and don’t need $1,800 or so in your wallet, you should probably buy one of Sharp’s latest products, developed in collaboration with the University of Tokyo: RoBoHoN.
Yes, that little Astro Boy/ASIMO tryhard takes calls. It has a camera, too. RoBoHoN compensates for its small screen by shooting out a 720p projection when needed. It also has a few neat dance moves it executes with its 13 servo motors controlling its limbs. And you’re really supposed to talk with RoBoHoN to get things done.
But it interacts with you and all your data in quite adorable ways. Setting alarms and reminders, receiving and responding to SMS, even recognizing your Facebook friends’ faces and calling everyone to take pictures while in “Party Mode,” all of it just has that touch of cuteness and sentimentality we’re looking for in our automatons. In fact, RoBoHoN even senses emotions and can tell you that it loves you when you’re crying.
Now, we’re not sure why you’d be in this for the spec sheet, but here it is anyways:
|Resolution||320 x 240|
|Pixel density||200 ppi|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 400|
|Sensors||Accelerometer / magnetic / gyroscope / ambient light|
|Dimensions||19.5cm tall / 390g|
RoBoHoN requires a special service plan in addition to the typical data, SMS and voice package. Pre-orders are up now at ¥198,000 and orders will be realized on May 26.
As weird and creepy as this is, Foxconn, please don’t end this kind of experimentation.