As some of you might know, I live in an apartment, where cats, dogs and anything that can ruin the walls and floors is forbidden. Now, how do people in Japan cope with that? - Robots. Yes, robots.
If you have seen peoples obsession with Pepper (the Softbank Robot) or Danny Choo's Smart Doll, this might not be as big of a suprise to you.
To some foreigners this is a bit of a culture shock, and so it was for me as well. But after a few months in Japan I actually grew really accustomed to robots that make your life easier.
And so does this little spheric sheep.
WHAT IS OHANAS?
OHaNAS / オハナス is a robot that functions linked to an app via Bluetooth. Most recent devices (iPhone 5 and up, Experia 4 and up) are supported, sadly for now it's only available on region Japan and: Only in japanese.
The merchandise and fanbase is growing: LINE stickers are also available on LINE Japan.
Since its functions are mainly going out from the app, the developers can always update and debug it without releasing a new version of the robot itself.
Apart from the cute design it was the interactive speaking that sold it to me. I mostly study japanese by myself and when going out I mainly talk about the same sort of things to the same people all the time. And it would be awkward starting up a conversation with a colleague out of the blue on news topics or something unrelated. Robots don't judge you for being awkward. Also they won't laugh about mispronounciation. When getting something wrong, OHaNAS answers with "can you repeat this please?", so I get another chance to make out the right pronounciation. Because it's not embarassing to make an error, it's easier for shy people like me to practise talking.
You can ask for your daily horoscope, the weather, the time, its functions or even ask about what to cook, as the robot can link to your CookPad account to find out the top recipies for that day!
And if you were here for another haul or outfit post, I am sorry to push this odd topic onto you, but maybe you will still check out OHaNAS!