RoBoHoN – The robot smartphone
Tomotaka Takahashi & SHARP Japan built RoBoHoN, the first smartphone robot. The closer vision of “a future where each person will own a robot”, your smartphone will evolve from a tool to a personal “robot” companion, able to share feeling and join your adventure.
Our current development project [RoBoHoN] is about creating devices that can appeal to human sensibility and emotion, using current smartphone technology and business models with supply chains. This will go beyond just being a tool as the robots can appeal to affection, trust, and share experiences, thereby changing the relationship between humans and machines and humans and information.
RoBoHoN is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and connected via 3G and LTE. It features a 2-inch LCD screen with a 320-by-240 resolution which can be used for basic tasks . The robot is able to recognize faces and voices with his 8MP camera built into its forehead and take photo and video. It also can project videos in HD quality at 1290-by-720 pixels.
In case you are wondering, yes RoBoHen can calls and send messages :)!
Takahashi’s designs have been featured in art exhibitions around the world and robot toy companies have produced robots for the hobby market with his help. To mention some famous one ROBI, ROPID and Kirobot Robot, a “small” talking robot sent to space :
ROPID in action:
Takashi philosopy is to prefer to work on smaller robots, as they are easier to build and carry and people have more realistic expectations of them. It’s easy for us to relate to small robots because they have similar bodies and remember animal pets, unlike machines, which are cold and scary to us.
ROBI in action: