I didn’t think I wanted my phone to be shaped like a chunky robot shaped like a human. Phones are already getting big enough these days. But tell me you don’t want a bipedal robot phone after watching the above video, and I will tell you that you have a heart of stone.
Sharp — which as far as I can tell is not joking — just announced a robot phone called RoboHon, designed by renowned creator Tomotaka Takahashi. RoboHon is an eight-inch-high robot with a 2-inch screen on the back and a camera and projector built into its face. It walks, talks, dances, and connects to LTE. RoboHon is capable of identifying people by their face or voice, and will act accordingly, telling them they have a new message or to smile for the camera. It is basically the embodiment of the idea that your phone is your best friend.
Sharp says it’ll release RoboHon in the first half of next year. No pricing has been announced, but we will certainly keep you posted.
RoboHon is so damn adorable, I can’t look away from this kawaii singularity. This robot smartphone may be cute, but it’s also jammed full of skills and features. A projector, articulated animated arms and legs, talkative but in a charming Japanese robot sort of way. You’re old, Pepper the robot. There I said it.
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.