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Robot smart phone which can walk and also work as a projector

Date: 15/04/2016
Japanese electronics company sharp released a new robot mobile phone with humanoid like robotics features. The robe phone can walk on two legs and is also portable. This robot phone developed in collaboration with Tomotaka Takahashi, Project Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo's Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology and CEO of robot development company Robo Garage Co., Ltd.

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Basically this mobile phone triggers a new trend of making mobile phone physically mobile and also some features supporting such physically moving mobile phone. One such feature is it packs a focus-free laser projector to project images and video on a wall or any such flat surface.

Features wise it is close to what a normal smart phone offers, with features such as supporting LTE and 3G networks, e-mail, and camera, and set of services accessed through dedicated apps. The user communicates with apps by conversing with this robot phone. RoBoHoN responds to natural communications of its user by learning the user's profile and usage situation. It can detect the voice, process the voice, and synthesise the voice. When it comes to video analytics, it supports facial recognition.

RoBoHoN is supported by a website with cloud services, information and connectivity, product warranty, and how to reserve and purchase RoBoHoN.

Robo phone which is going to be available in Japan is priced at 198,000 yen plus taxes. Along with the initial cost of the phone there is also monthly service charges for using voice recognition functions. The scheduled date of introduction of this phonies May 26, 2016 .

For more information, visit the official RoBoHoN website:

Below are the brief specifications as provided by Sharp:

The 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and Android 5.0 operating systems powered phone weighs 390 g with internal memory of 16GB ROM and 2GB RAM.
The other specifications include:

Continuous phone talk time (in still mode) VoLTE: Approx. 400 minutes, 3G: Approx. 410 minutes
Continuous standby mode time (in still mode) LTE: Approx. 210 hours, 3G: Approx. 220 hours
Phone usage time on one charge More than 1 day*4
Supported bands LTE: 1 (2.0GHz), 3 (1.7GHz), 19 (800MHz)
3G: 1 (2.0GHz), 6 (800MHz), 19 (800MHz)
Display Approx. 2.0-inch QVGA
Camera 8-megapixel CMOS camera
Projector HD (1,280 x 720) equivalent
Networks LTE, 3G
Wi-FiŽ IEEE 802.11b/g/n*5
Bluetooth 4.0
Sensors 9 (3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis geo-magnetometer,
3-axis gyroscope), light sensor
Charging time Approx. 155 min.
Battery capacity 1,700 mAh
Accessories Table-top holder, AC adaptor, microUSB cable

It has both off-line as well as online voice recognition support powered by AmiVoice, mimi, and VoCon Hybrid. The voice synthesis software used in this product is VoiceText, a product of HOYA Service Corporation.
The facial recognition technology used in this product is OKAO Vision, a product of Omron Corporation.