Friday, April 15, 2016

Talk to the Feet

Human-shaped dancing phone from Sharp to debut in May

The Asahi Shimbun  By TETSUSHI YAMAMURA/ Staff Writer  April 15, 2016

A human-shaped robot phone that can walk, dance, talk, project images on a wall, and, of course, make calls, will be launched by Sharp Corp. on May 26.

The robot, with a 2-inch screen fitted into its back, stands 19.5 centimeters tall, weighs 390 grams and carries a price tag of 213,840 yen ($1,950).

The face of the device boasts a camera, and a projector built into the forehead can project images such as maps and videos onto walls.

Users must pay a monthly fee of 1,058 yen, and if they want to use the device outside they must subscribe to a mobile communications service.

RoBoHoN was jointly developed by the electronics giant’s mobile phone development team and robot creator Tomotaka Takahashi.

“The sales of RoBoHoN is a starting point of the newly born Sharp,” Yoshisuke Hasegawa, a senior Sharp official, said during a news conference on April 14 in Tokyo.

Preorders for RoBoHoN can now be made on the product’s official website:

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