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I tried a robot companion for a week in Japan

If you’re charting to go to Japan by yourself, fear not, RoBoHon is here.

This humanoid automaton can hold short conversations with humans and is marketed in Japan as a contrivance that could possible replace your cellphone. Now, it’s available for out-of-towners, too.

CNBC recently went to Tokyo, Japan, where the robot is handy for rental at Haneda Airport. RoBoHoN costs about $12 per day, with slight discounts for longer rentals.

While Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri focuses on release you information, such as providing weather data and news, RoBoHoN, putting out by Sharp, is made to be a companion to you.

This spiffy robot is outfitted with GPS and can on your whereabouts on your trip. Based on that, it can propose points on what to do, depending on where you are.

For example, when it was near the area of Roppongi, it presented that this CNBC reporter goes to the Maman Spider Carve nearby to take an “artistic photo.” While walking near Tokyo Status, it began talking about the recent renovations made to the railway depot.

And no fear if you are alone, this helpful companion can also take photos for you, and plane dance on command.

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