From the maker of a terrifyingly realistic robot clone Geminoid HI-1 and robot girl Geminoid F, comes Telenoid R1 – an armless, legless white blob that transmits the human essence. Watch stumpy chat and writhe around in this video.
See the seriously excited grandma Konnichiwa and paw at the robot? That’s your $8,000 next generation cellphone from the mad roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro. To chat, the caller transmits his voice and movements through a computer. The robot mimics and stares at you with expressive little peepers.
Creeped out? Ishiguro says you’ll get used to it:
The unique appearance may be eerie when we first see it. However, once we communicate with others by using the telenoid, we can adapt to it. If a friend speaks from the telenoid, we can imagine the friend’s face on the telenoid’s face. If we embrace it, we have the feeling, that we embrace the friend.’