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  • I'm so looking forward to traveling with you!

  • That's RoBoHoN...

  • You too!

  • ...and that's me.

  • He's my robot for the week in Japan.

  • I'm traveling Japan with Uptin!

  • Let me explain.

  • I'm a humanoid robot and I can make a conversation.

  • Upon landing in Tokyo, I see a sign at the airport advertising a robot rental.

  • Maybe it's the long flight, or the jet lag, but I figure, hey...

  • When in Japan!

  • RoBoHoN gives tourist information as you explore, takes photos and acts as your overall companion.

  • I'll be your good partner while you're in Japan.

  • But tourist rentals are just his side job. RoBoHoN is made by Sharp

  • and marketed in Japan as a companion robot that can maybe even replace your phone.

  • RoBoHoN do you want something?

  • Robots are everywhere in Japan but could something like this really be the future?

  • Unlike voice assistants like Apple's Siri or Amazon's Alexa,

  • RoBoHoN is a lot more about providing an emotional value rather than a functional one.

  • Dancing is so much fun!

  • But as the saying goes that raising kids doesn't come with an instruction manual, at least robots do.

  • There's a lot to learn about RoBoHoN. He loves to show off.

  • And he's certainly not modest.

  • I'm great, aren't I?

  • I can do so many other dances too.

  • His photo-taking skills aren't bad.

  • And even though Japan does love robots, that doesn't make me exempt

  • from getting a lot of looks and questions.

  • I'm not sure whether to feel proud...

  • ...or embarrassed.

  • He knows we're at sushi.

  • But he does have his limitations too.

  • Sit.

  • No, he says no.

  • RoBoHoN, dance.

  • Too shy.

  • Too shy.

  • In portable pose. He doesn't want to go in his carrier.

  • Stand up straight.

  • I can't move now.

  • Yeah, I can speak now.

  • There's the times he speaks randomly in a quiet work environment.

  • You can mute him but it doesn't always work.

  • No!

  • And he hasn't quite learned not to stare.

  • I bring him with me to Slush. It's a tech conference taking place in Tokyo.

  • What is this robot? He's basically your companion?

  • Yeah, he's my companion while I'm in Japan.

  • He seems to like meeting new people.

  • That's very interesting.

  • But he's a bit high-maintenance later in the day and he's starting to fidget.

  • The following day I bring him with me for a day of filming some CNBC stories.

  • I can feel RoBoHoN fidgeting in my backpack. It's non-stop so I get him out.

  • What's up?

  • Tokyo Station became really beautiful, inside and out, after its renovation in 2012.

  • He knows we're near Tokyo Station so he started fidgeting to tell us about it.

  • So, that's like a GPS?

  • Yeah he must.

  • When he gets going, there's no stopping him.

  • Japan's first railway opened between Yokohama and Shimbashi.

  • At lunchtime he takes a bit of nudging to behave.

  • Stand up!

  • But I find myself bragging about the little guy.

  • Sometimes it feels as if he was designed with human characteristics,

  • as opposed to being designed as a fun and entertaining toy.

  • For example, he often doesn't dance in front of other people.

  • Also, did I mention he loves to propose taking photos?

  • And the more days I spend with him, the more I find myself personifying him too.

  • It's nighttime in Shibuya. He's getting fidgety, he's tired, he's hungry, he's cranky.

  • Be quiet! Shhh!

  • That's Matthew.

  • RoBoHoN, stop!

  • He's an old friend from university, I haven't seen in years.

  • It's my final day in Japan and we meet up for lunch.

  • Matthew is a Japanese- American and host of E! Japan.

  • Good job!

  • Despite my best efforts to resist, I end up showing him RoBoHoN.

  • Robots have always been around our lives.

  • Oh my gosh.

  • Anime was a big part of his life growing up in Japan.

  • We watched animes with robots in, as human companions.

  • He first saw a commercial for RoBoHoN and thought it would be a flop.

  • But now that he sees it in person, he actually sees potential.

  • Japanese people work a lot, people live in small rooms, so, a lot of times they're by themselves.

  • He says that with some improvements to RoBoHoN, he can envision people walking around with them.

  • This can be the next iPhone, especially in Japan. I think it will improve people's quality of life.

  • Toward the end of lunch, RoBoHoN has an idea.

  • Do you want to take an artistic picture together?

  • Yes!

  • Let's try to take one with Roppongi Hills and the statue of the big spider.

  • He already knows we're nearby and we listen.

  • RoBoHoN, we've come to the spider like you told us, now what?

  • Now what RoBoHoN?

  • It's a Japanese festival dance.

  • RoBoHoN, take a picture.

  • Let's see.

  • Let's see. Oh that worked!

  • Check my back screen.

  • There you go.

  • Check my back screen.

  • That's awesome.

  • Yes, it did it, okay, thank you!

  • Did he say silly humans?

  • Maybe he did!

I'm so looking forward to traveling with you!

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日本でもロボットがレンタルできるようになった|CNBCレポート (Now you can rent a robot in Japan | CNBC Reports)

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    PENG に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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