Another Day, Another Frightening-Ass Robot

August 2, 2010


Geez, could you have made it any creepier looking? Maybe if it had a bunch of bloody hooks tearing at its flesh or something. God that would be so hot aside, this is Telenoid R1, a humanoid robot that "recreates the physical presence of a remote user."

The Telenoid R1 robot is designed to add an element of realism to long-distance communication by recreating the physical presence of the remote user. The robot's actions mirror those of the remote user, whose movements are monitored by real-time face tracking software on the user's computer. Users can also transmit their voice through the robot's embedded speakers.

The robot's androgynous and ageless look makes it suitable for a wide range of users, whether they are male, female, young or old.

At the unveiling in Osaka on August 1, the developers announced plans to begin selling two versions of the minimalist humanoid in October. The high-end model will be priced at about 3 million yen ($35,000), and a cheaper model will be available for about 700,000 yen ($8,000).

Call me old fashioned, but I'm 100% cool just talking on the phone or videochatting. I don't need to sit and stare at f***ing Casper here to remind me I'm communicating with someone else. I can see it now: "So, GW, about this business deal--" "DEAL'S OFF, ROBOTIC GHOST-WHORE!" "Calm down, calm down -- it's me, your manager." "I WILL TEAR YOUR HEAD OFF AND PISS ON THE CIRCUITRY!"

Hit the jump for a couple more pictures and a video of R1D1 (see what I did there?) in action.



Telenoid R1 minimalist humanoid robot [pinktentacle]

Thanks to dovestar, Cracknel, Quintin, raewn, Billy-Bones, Emm Jay, BenDizzleManizzle and Apoorv, who just tape their phones to stuffed animals. Smart.

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