The crazy robot that is also a smartphone goes on sale in May in Japan.
Sharp announced today the price and release date of the RoboHoN robot that is also a smartphone. RoboHoN was still just a concept in October, but now Sharp really is going to sell it. The Sharp RoboHoN SR-01M-W will be released on May 26 for 198,000 yen ($1,810).
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The 19.5cm tall RoBoHon is telling its user with a funny voice that they have a call or got a message. The robot can walk and use its hands to gesture. With it's built in camera it takes photos and videos on command even asking people to smile for the camera. It also has a built-in projector for viewing photos and videos.
The robot phone is powered by a Snapdragon TM 400 processor 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 3G/LTE/Wi-Fi connectivity and 2-inch QVGA screen. Features include phone, email, apps, search, camera, projector, voice recognition, face recognition and moving.
Sharp plans to make 5,000 RoboHoN robots per month. Looks like Sharp has done some market research and believes that thousands of Japanese Otaku will go and shell out $1,800 for a RoboHoN. Besides the steep price, customers also have to pay a monthly fee for the smart features to work. The cloud mind service costs 980 yen ($9). This is on top of the communication and data service plan. The RoboHoN is only available in Japan. Sharp says that the reason for this is that the could service is only available in Japan.
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