Want a Cell phone that turns into a Robot? Me too. But while thereâ€™s little hope any of us will ever get their very own Transformer, a Japanese company called Softbank Mobile Corp. wants to hook you up with the next best thing. Itâ€™s called the PhoneBraver, and looks like a small humanoid robot with arms, legs, and faces. The little monsterâ€™s bodies are made up of the cell phone itself.
This doesnâ€™t require canabalizing or damaging your Cell phone. The phone actually remains functional. It even comes with enough A.I. to recognize and comment upon the userâ€™s habits. The PhoneBraver is only capable of understanding â€œyesâ€ and â€œnoâ€ responses, but still. Talking into your phone isnâ€™t new, but talking to JUST your phone certainly is.
Some of you (Read: most of you) are wondering â€œWhy?â€ The answer lies in Japanâ€™s cultural love of humanoids and robots in general. In some cases, automated machines (that you could technically call a robot) have replaced security guards, receptionists, and other functions on the island nation, which also happens to be a technological powerhouse. Seriously. Robots? My VCR is still blinking 12:00 am. Ah, yesâ€¦I still have a VCR. It doesnâ€™t do anything anymore; just tell that one time, every second of every day. But I digress.
A Cultural Propensity for Robots
Aside from being the absolute boss when it comes to handheld electronics, Japan also has a pretty hard-core cellular phone market. The robot phones themselves were inspired by an upcoming television series entitled â€œCell Phone Investigator 7.â€ Iâ€™ve not seen it, and probably never will. But that doesnâ€™t mean this isnâ€™t cool.
The phones-turned-miniature robots are designed to comment upon the userâ€™s habits. Calling a certain person often will elicit a response. This is good for lonely people, although the pragmatic uses of a robot-phone are few. The arms and legs are opposable, but the PhoneBraver wonâ€™t be able to move around on itâ€™s own (Thank God).
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