Wednesday March 27, 2019

World’s first robot smartphone ‘RoBoHon’ goes on sale in Japan

The Japanese electronics manufacturer has opened theRoBoHon Café in Tokyo to mark the launch. The visitors can test the humanoid robot until June 7.

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Image Source : engadget.com

World’s first robotic mobile phone is on sale now. The small pocket size cute robot  is capable of walking and dancing. Weighing 390 grams and 19.5cm in height (almost 8 inches) makes it the direct opposite of how other smartphones are evolving.

Named as RoBoHon, it offers WiFi and LTE which helps in making it working like a phone do. It also features 320×240 two inch screen on the back , on the inside there’s a small camera which is used for facial recognition and voice recognition. All features can be found on any smartphone today, but the difference is they’re not robots.

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RoBoHon, raising its arm . Image Source : wheelsandchips.com

The cute robot can sit, walk, dance, get up and raise its arm if there is any notification. It is very interactive and talkative and it will do all types of Siri things with less hassle. RoBoHon will talk to you if there is text message, memo, and wake you up if there is alarm.

It can do a lot but it doesn’t come easy on pockets. It costs around $1,800 (1.25 lakhs approx) for nothing but a high tech toy but it does not end there once purchased a user has to $6 per month to use RoBoHon’s voice recognition feature.

The RoBoHon is developed by Japanese electronics company Sharp and engineer Tomotaka Takahasshi. The company has also invented the first robot astronaut ‘Kirobo’ which went on sale with a base price of JPY 198,000.

The Japanese electronics manufacturer has opened theRoBoHon Café in Tokyo to mark the launch. The visitors can test the humanoid robot until June 7.

The Osaka-based company currently produces around 5,000 units per month and wishes to be a world leader in this type of mobile. The company has sealed a takeover agreement with Taiwanese giant Foxconn known for assembling iPhones and iPads for Apple.

-by Bhaskar Raghavendran

Bhaskar is a graduate in Journalism and mass communication and a reporter at NewsGram. Twitter handle: bhaskar_ragha

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  • Pritam Go Green

    Japan !!!! Famous for its technological innovation has come up with another wonder. And this time it is a smartphone robot. We should all learn from these small nations who wok hard to embrace their national GDP via human resource.

  • Akanksha Sharma

    That is the cutest smartphone ever.

  • AJ Krish

    It is too costly. 1,800$ for this high tech toy .Not everyone will buy it.

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Research Reveals: It’s Your Friend’s Company That Can Turn You Obese

Social contagion in obesity means if more people around you are obese, then that may increase your own chances of becoming obese.

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Besides genes and an unhealthy diet, your friends can also play a role in making you overweight, says a study, which found that obesity can spread through communities like a ‘social contagion’.

The study showed social circles can influence a person to become obese, suggesting the risk of becoming overweight increases if one moves to an area with a high rate of obesity, the Daily Mail reported.

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On the other hand, the risk of the parent becoming obese or overweight went up five per cent for increase in every one per cent of obesity in the area. Pixabay

“Social contagion in obesity means if more people around you are obese, then that may increase your own chances of becoming obese. Subconsciously, you are affected by what people around you are doing,” said Ashlesha Datar at the University of Southern California.

“If you move to a community where a sedentary lifestyle is the norm, you join that. There is this social influence,” Datar said.

For the study, the team included 1,314 parents and 1,111 children of US Army personnel at 38 bases.

The chances of becoming overweight or obese for a teenager increased four-six per cent for rise in every one per cent in the obesity.

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If you move to a community where a sedentary lifestyle is the norm, you join that. There is this social influence,” Datar said. Pixabay

On the other hand, the risk of the parent becoming obese or overweight went up five per cent for increase in every one per cent of obesity in the area.

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The longer the families lived there, the more likely they put on weight, the report said.

Obesity can be caused by many variables, and previous research has shown living in certain communities carries a higher risk of obesity than living in other communities. (IANS)