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Updated on: Friday, May 31, 2019, 03:00 PM IST

First robot mobile goes on sale in Japan

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Tokyo: The world’s first robotic mobile phone RoBoHon, a pocket-size walking and dancing robot, started sale on Thursday in Japan.

The human-shaped smartphone, developed by Japanese electronics company, Sharp and engineer Tomotaka Takahashi, inventor of the first robot astronaut ‘Kirobo’, went on sale with a base price of 198,000 yen ($1,800), EFE news reported.

To mark the launch, the Osaka-based company opened the RoBoHon Cafe in Tokyo where visitors can test the robot until June 7.

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The Japanese electronics manufacturer is producing 5,000 units per month, aiming to be the leader of this type of mobile after sealing a takeover agreement with the Taiwanese company Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn, otherwise known for assembling iPhones and iPads for Apple.

Apart from being used as a mobile, the 19.5-cm tall humanoid robot weighing 390 grams could be used as projector to display video, photos or maps.

It also offers a wide range of applications based on conversation with the android.

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RoBoHon can also recognise faces of people using its front camera and then address them by their name.

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Published on: Thursday, May 26, 2016, 06:34 PM IST
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