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Japanese electronics firm Sharp has presented a prototype smartphone which is also a functioning tiny robot. The robomobo is 19cm tall and weighs in at 390g (compare with the iPhone 6 at 129g). Dubbed RoBoHoN, it will be commercially available during the first half of 2016, according to Tuesday's CEATEC preview event. A …

  1. Captain DaFt

    Uh-uh, Nope, no way!

    I am NOT going to go around talking into a robot's crotch!

    1. frank ly

      Re: Uh-uh, Nope, no way!

      You talk into its feet, then it whispers into your ear.

      1. Captain DaFt

        Re: Uh-uh, Nope, no way!

        Look at the picture, Its feet might be where the mic is, but its crotch is right next to the guys mouth. Nuh-huh!

        Also: What happens if you get put on hold with that annoying music? Will the robot start trying to dance, and kick you repeatedly in the face?

  2. Richard Taylor 2 Silver badge

    That video is brilliant, if it was April 1st I might have asked hard questions :-)

    1. John Robson Silver badge

      It looks really fun....

      Completely impractical for a phone, and with the projector and all those motors I'm reckoning a 3 hour battery, but how much fun.

      I'm not surprised they haven't decided on a sales channel yet - it looks like a proper "10% time project"

      1. TechnicalBen Silver badge
        Terminator

        Re: It looks really fun....

        It is the future.

        I'm not even joking. Scale this up possibly, and we have a device that sets a projector where you want it, sets a camera where you need it, and can even plug in your headphones automatically for you (etc). A real personal assistant, able to take mail and email.

        I would not be surprised if in 20 years time, we are all amazed how we did not have these things when we were "young", just as we do compared to the current generation growing up with mobiles.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    This is japan

    After the Hello Kitty vibrator nothing can surprise me as far as Japan and Gadget in one sentence.

    1. James Micallef Silver badge
      Thumb Up

      Re: This is japan

      Completely impractical, and a little bit bonkers!

      I love Japanese inventions

    2. boltar Silver badge

      Re: This is japan

      The japanese do seem to be obsessed by this sort of cutesy nonsense. It does seem like a culture rather stuck in teenage girl adolesence. Unlike US culture which is stuck in teenage boy adolesense but thats a discussion for another day...

  4. Dan McIntyre

    Want one.

    1. VinceH

      Indeed. I see no problems it truly solves, I have no practical applications in mind for it beyond "because" - the whole thing seems utterly pointless.

      But I want one.

    2. PoorLumpyPony

      I totally agree

      And unless its impractically expensive will be getting one

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Excellent

    When I woke up in a cold sweat kicking and screaming proclaiming the rise of the machines...they said I was insane. They called me crazy they did. Mmmmmad! Mmmmhaaa.

    *twitch* *strips down to underpants*

    Oh look the nice men in white coats are here with my apple sauce and M&Ms. Tataaa!

    Ahahahahahahahahahhaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

    The machines are coming and we're all going to die!

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Terminator

    It's an awkward shape

    It'll be tricky to shove it up the annoying owner's jaaksi.

    1. Steven Roper
      Devil

      Re: It's an awkward shape

      Which makes it all the better for doing so.

    2. Faye B

      Re: It's an awkward shape

      I think it will be programmed to crawl up there by itself.

  7. Dr. Mouse Silver badge

    Impractical as a phone...

    but I want one!

    It looks like a great toy, especially if it's programmable (as a robot).

    1. introdium

      Re: Impractical as a phone...

      the article says.." it learns....from the cloud."..... lol

  8. Yugguy

    It's not tiny...

    it's huge. As I am not a clown I don't think my pcokets couild cope.

  9. dotdavid

    "the device has been branded as a "Heart moving phone", just like the initial Cyberdyne Systems's Terminator models. (Is this right? - Ed)"

    Yes, although it would move hearts in a rather more physical manner, along with other squishy body organs that got in the way.

  10. Tom_

    Almost

    If it was a transformer that could transform back and forth between robot shape and normal phone shape then I'd be interested.

    1. VinceH

      Re: Almost

      Not so much transform as have a normal shaped phone which slots into the robot case, so that it does all the robot gimmicky stuff when plugged in, and is just a normal phone when not. Best of both worlds - you get the gimmicky plaything, and the practical device.

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  12. M7S
    Terminator

    Possible use, with some upgrades

    If it could return to a charging base every so often, could it be a little security guard that wanders around your house, phoning you/your alarm service/whatever with video if it sees something not matching the patterns it expects/saw last time, and allowing you to have a two way talk if appropriate?

    The icon may indicate other upgrades that readers may elect to fit, local laws permitting of course.

  13. Teiwaz Silver badge

    The first Persocom?

    *See Chobits Manga/Anime

    I note that again, your personal data is to be transmitted for analysis/learning rather than be handled at the point of collection.

    How much of that video was staged/CGI vs. existing interaction I wonder.

    Still 'kawaii' though...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: The first Persocom?

      I thought that would be a type of robot.

      It was a mistake to Google that. Excuse me while I wipe some data...

  14. Crisp Silver badge
    Coat

    I can't find my phone at the best of times...

    I can imagine this problem will only get worse once my phone literally has the ability to wander off.

  15. Sceptic Tank
    Thumb Up

    This could be useful

    Great! A phone with legs! If you misplace your phone you call it* and it will come running to you. Does it come with a key holder?

    What mobile operating system does it run? Android, I guess...

    * Presumably from a fixed line so you can give directions on how it can find you.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: This could be useful

      This cuts both ways.

      When it rings, does it go running around looking for you?

      What happens when the battery goes flat, does it plug itself in or drop dead?

      1. The elephant in the room

        Re: This could be useful

        I hope it changes to darlek-voice and starts yelling "WE DEMAND MORE POWER!"

  16. Chris G Silver badge

    MK 1

    The MkII of course will be marketed as The ChuckyPhone!

  17. Christopher Reeve's Horse
    Pint

    Cut out the middle man...

    Brilliant! If you're tired of all the 'who's got the best phone' pi$$ing contests, there's now a phone that can just f*** off down the pub and slap itself on the table, all on it's own!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Headmaster

      Apostrophie Atrosity

      Its not it's.

      its == possessive

      it's == "it is"

  18. Amorous Cowherder
    Facepalm

    Why would I NOT buy one?

    I'm a 50 year old, bald bloke not a fecking 14 year old Japanese girl!

  19. Ugotta B. Kiddingme Silver badge

    Well, we know one thing for certain

    RoBoHon shot first.

  20. Clive Galway

    The question "Where the hell has my phone gotten to?" becomes a little more problematic when the bugger has legs!

  21. Ru'

    Shaddup and take my money! Want^1000

  22. introdium

    relieved to see where the headphones plug in....whew!!!

  23. southen bastard

    I want one!!!!

    how much and when can i expect delivery?

  24. Simon Rockman

    Of course it runs Android.

  25. Adam Inistrator

    Robot PR

    Can someone please do for cute robots what Clown and other horror movies have done for clowns? Half the population under 30 involuntarily convulses when they see one now.

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