You Can Rent A Robotic Travel Companion At HND

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

RoBoHon, the world's first robotic mobile phone, went on sale last year in Japan. Now the pocket-size walking, dancing, human-shaped robot is available for rental to visitors at Tokyo’s Haneda airport.

It takes pictures, uses facial recognition to address users by name, acts as a virtual tour guide and projects videos, pictures and maps. It speaks English and Chinese.

Judging by the video captured when a CNBC reporter took RoBoHon as he toured through Tokyo, the robot has many pluses – and a few minuses too. As a travel companion it might be too real – by the end of a long day of touring RoBoHon appeared to get cranky and uncooperative just like the rest of us.

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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