Robotic Phone to Be Rented to Visitors to Japan

Economy

Tokyo, March 22 (Jiji Press)—Railway operator Keikyū Corp., electronics maker Sharp Corp. and two other companies said Wednesday they will join hands in a rental service for a robot-shaped mobile phone, "RoBoHoN," mainly targeting visitors to Japan.

RoBoHoN, released by Sharp last year, will be available for rent at Tokyo International Airport at Haneda from April 25.

The handset can take pictures and converse with users in Japanese, English and Chinese, in addition to all basic mobile phone functions.

It can also acquire location data and offer voice information on tourist spots in the vicinity, making a good trip companion, the companies said.

"We hope that with RoBoHoN, users will have enjoyable trips and experience Japanese culture," an official involved in the project said.

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