The Breakthrough

A prototype robot that works just like a smartphone has been revealed by Sharp, and it's planning to go on sale during the first half of 2016.

Samsung's robot-smartphone

Standing at just 20 centimeters, Robohon (short for robot and phone) contains a projector, camera, and an LCD screen. It also includes a speaker, a microphone and facial and voice recognition systems. A demonstration last Tuesday at the Ceatec electronics show in Tokyo showed how it responded to instructions by placing a call to a person, taking a photo and displaying it through the projector. The robot even did a dance afterwards.

While it's clear that the technology is still in its infancy, it's clear that Sharp sees an opportunity in combining the capabilities of a smartphone with a robotic exterior. Whether this product will carve out a valuable niche in the market is yet to be seen.

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