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Sharp offers robotic rent-a-guide for Japan tourists

Electronics maker embraces outside partners in unfamiliar field

RoBoHoN, Sharp's robotic smartphone, will be available for tourists to rent in Tokyo's Haneda Airport next month.

OSAKA -- Sharp will target foreign visitors to Japan as the electronics maker offers its talking, dancing Robohon humanoid robot smartphones for rental via a rare collaboration with partners outside its business comfort zone.

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