BEACON TRANSCRIPT– Remember all of those 9gag and 9chan posts that went something like: “Only in Japan” or “Dude, this could only happen in Japan? Well, it seem the Japanese have done it again. The future seems to be an impatient gentleman when it comes to technological marvels. And so, this year RoboHon roboception is coming to Japan and it looks stunning!
Company Sharp announced that RoboHon (that means Robot Phone in Japanese) will be widely available on the market starting in 2016. RoboHon’s design and concept are so unusual that users can’t make heads or tails of it. Basically, it’s a phone inside a robot, a roboception! It could have had all the normal capabilities of your variety garden smartphone, Japanese are nothing if not ingenious.
Aside from the cute robot frame, that should, theoretically fit into your pocket (that remains to be seen!), RoboHon comes with other amazing features. The robot frame can dance, sing, take photos and even project images, thanks to the tiny image projector lodge inside its head.
At a first glance, the phone seems rather impractical, given its form which is rather childish. A plastic frame that depicts a smiling robot, Lego-like limbs and a tiny touchscreen, which can fit more than 4 pictograms.
Well things are not always what they seem. Sharped explained that the primary form of interaction with this cute little gadget is through voice commands. The touchscreen is just a secondary way of accessing the phones functions.
So, how does this thingy work? Quite simple. If you want him to do something you just got to ask him politely. Very politely! Developers say that the phone is trained to recognize basic key words and expression and can virtually do whatever you ask him to.
Furthermore, remember those big soft buttons on the secondary touchscreen? They may be a secondary ways to work around with the phone, but you still have to you use them in order to confirm actions or when you want to make a phone call in noisy places.
By integrating this kind of interface design, Sharp intends to appeal to another segment of customers: the elderly and those that have impaired vision.
Now let’s lay down some tech specification for this phone. RoboHon come with an integrated 2-inch screen, which is capable of rendering a maximum resolution of 320×240 pixels. It can connect through Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G and its speech engine is powered by Snapdragon 400.
Sharp has not announced any price yet, but nothing as cool and wacky as this comes cheap.