Remember Telenoid R1, the teleconferencing robot that "recreates the physical presence of a remote user"? Well now the humanoid's creator is imagining miniature versions being used as cell phones. GTFO of here with that crazy-talk, nutjob!
...if Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Japan's Osaka University has his way, a miniature Telenoid that lets you "feel" the presence of the party on the other line could soon replace the cell phones of today. It turns out the future could be just around the corner as the roboticist said a prototype of the mobile "Elfoid" would be ready in a few months.
When asked how he responds to comments that his Telenoid appears creepy, Ishiguro simply shrugged his shoulders and said that "it is not creepy."
He added that humans tend to get confused when they see a new design, but they will adapt to it. If we are communicating with a friend via the Telenoid, we can imagine his face on the Telenoid's face. Likewise, if the little Telenoids were to embrace each other, we'd be able to feel the hug.
I'm just gonna go ahead and check the box next to 'Hell No' right now. I mean seriously, who in their right mind would be willing to carry around an armless humanoid? "Chewbacca did it". Yeah well Chewbacca also picks and eats his own dingleberries so I'm not sure that's an argument. Just sayin', I talk into NO humanoid's crotch. "Uh, what about the Teddy Ruxpin you had growing up?" THAT WAS A BEAR!
Thanks to Jed, who finds the prospect of dropping a little humanoid phone in the toilet horrifying. IT'S WHERE THEY BELONG, JED, GET OVER IT.