If our dependence on our smartphones isn't creepy enough, our relationship with them is about to get more intimate - especially when the humanoid versions begin to appear.
Meet RoBoHon, an Android-powered robotic smartphone that, at 7.5 inches tall and 13.5 ounces, comfortably fits in a shirt pocket.
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Developed by Japanese electronics maker Sharp, the gadget can recognize its user's face and carry out a barrage of customized tasks, such as making calls, sending texts and emails, projecting movies and images, hailing a taxi and more. It can also connect to Wi-Fi, 3G and LTE.
What's more, it can speak, walk, move its arms and at times, there's even a twinkle in its eye. (You can preview the strangeness here.)
Not surprisingly, the thought of a humanoid smartphone invasion raises some concerns. For starters, there are cultural barriers to mull over. Should makers tweak the humanoid smartphone created in Japan to better match the snarky or sarcastic personalities of American users?
There's also the question of whether the RoBoHon will be able to complete more functions than today's most popular smartphones, which hold countless apps.
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Then there are concerns about these gadgets replacing personal relationships, (i.e., why have lunch with a coworker when you might have more in common with your RoBoHon?).
Regardless of whether you're skeptical of these gadgets or are eagerly anticipating their arrival, they will come. They're expected to hit stores in the first half of 2016, but no price has been revealed so far.