Telepresence robot brings ghostly spirits to your desktop

Osaka University and Japan's ATR have just unveiled what may be the creepiest, yet oddly cute telepresence aid in the form of the Telenoid R1 robot.

While the robot immediately brings to mind images of Casper the Friendly Ghost, rather than haunting, the Telenoid is meant to smooth video conference relations by transmitting the gestures and words of the broadcaster to the receiver, thus making the interaction that much more realistic. It's also hoped that the Telenoid may provide a bit of comfort for Japan's often lonely, aging population. The Telenoid will sell for roughly $8,000 when is goes on sale in the near future.


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