Scientists can roll out all the "actroids" and mechical mannequins they want, but when it comes to real, usable telepresence robots, this extremely weird looking but quite capable robot is likely the kind of avatar we'll be using.
The TELESAR V "telexistence" robot was developed at Japan's Keio University
via its Tachi Lab. What makes this telepresence robot unique is its ability to feel and transmit the shape and temperature of objects, thus allowing for a more realistic telepresence experience for the user. Aside from pure entertainment, its creators also hope that the robot will aid in the practice of remote medical treatment. You can see the robot in action in the video below.