Sharp RoBoHon – Smartphone into a robot jacket




Is it a robot? Is it a smartphone? No, it’s RoBoHon. According to manufacturer Sharp is a smartphone that captures your heart, but at first he looks natural, like a robot. We met RoBoHon at MWC in the prior Qualcomm, where a friendly Japanese man gave us a demonstration of what can RoBoHon.

The video Trust named as manufacturer. That must be Sharp.

Although it is a prototype, and we see it as a funny look at what the future might bring, Sharp takes his own robot quite seriously. The little guy is also something in the house. He can stand up by itself, which is difficult for many robots, and run without him fall off anywhere using its sensors. RoBoHon also loves a good game dancing while he says he is very good at. A bit arrogant, but we must say that he has smooth hips.

Fortunately, this smartphone also some practical tricks. Using facial and voice recognition example, you can ask him if he wants to take a photo or video of you. He then does obediently and let prompted see the result through its pico projector. This projector would be the smallest in the world according to Sharp, to fit in RoBoHon. The robot is after all only 19.5 cm. Heavily he is not, incidentally, with a weight of 390 grams. That’s about two great smartphones.

Furthermore, you can ask the robot friend if he seeks out information for you. So you might ask, according to the Japanese if there’s a nice restaurant nearby. RoBoHon also reads like Wikipedia if you want to know something. A story aloud to your child should therefore succeed and that could well be a useful application. Or the voice recognition works well, we can not see, because the demo was given, was a regular sequence of actions and was therefore carried out or the Japanese man or not commands issued. The voice recognition worked under him badly or not at the very noisy show floor, so he did not dare to.

RoBoHon runs on Android, and you can also install apps, like duller smartphones. You can also call RoBoHon, which looks quite funny. The robot does his arms up when a call and once you take his legs slightly forward, as much as possible to take the shape of a horn. A robot to have your ear is a remarkable experience, we thought.

We got a bit of a sensation at this 1.0-prototype RoBoHon because the projector is not very best and the smartphone screen and the navigation also do not feel very high end to. Anyway, it is not even certain whether the robot will be anyway for sale in Europe. Since the Japanese man could not tell where we talked about it. The price and the availability date are not yet known. We do know that RoBoHon on a quad-core Snapdragon 400 chipset running with Adreno 305 GPU. A SIM card is in and he has support for 4G and WiFi.

For consumentenrobotje will from the body no rib hopefully given the specifications costs RoBoHon is a nice companion. For now it is a funny gadget more than a practical help. But as robotics in the future will be cheaper to produce and what it’s something more functional, we see it happen that these kinds of robots outside Japan gaining popularity.


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