Tuesday January 23, 2018

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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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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Vivo opens online store in India

The Vivo innovative range will be available in 10,000 postal service areas (pin codes) across the country, the company said.

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Vivo to open E-stores in India to increase its market. Wikimedia Commons
Vivo to open E-stores in India to increase its market. Wikimedia Commons
  • Vivo is opening online stores in India in order to expand its market.
  • With new E-stores, the smartphones will be available to customers all over India.
  • The company is also thinking of launching an E-store app to make it convenient for people.

In a bid to expand its online presence, Chinese smartphone maker Vivo on Monday launched its E-store in India that will deliver products and services across the country.

“With the new E-store, Vivo’s innovative range of smartphones will be available to our customers across the country with special launch offers,” Kenny Zeng, Chief Marketing Officer, Vivo India, said in a statement.

Vivo will sell its phones through E-stores in India now.
Vivo will sell its phones through E-stores in India now.

The Vivo innovative range will be available in 10,000 postal service areas (pin codes) across the country, the company said.

The handset maker also announced its “Launch Carnival” under which, it is offering benefits on smartphones from January 16-18.

Buyers will get discount coupons worth up to Rs 2,000 on select smartphones, 12-month zero-cost EMI and one-time screen replacement in Vivo V7 and V7+ smartphones, the company said.

The company is also planning to launch its E-store application with features such as Augmented Reality (AR) support with the live chat option to help customers make purchase decisions. IANS