A Japanese robotics expert Hiroshi Ishiguro, a professor at Osaka University and an avid android clone designer, has developed a fetus-like lively cellphone, named Elfoid P1. At a glance, Elfoid P1 may look like a doll for kids to play with. But in fact, it's a stunning robotic gadget that can not only transmit the voice or visuals, but feel the real presence of the caller. Talking on Elfoid robotic cellphone, you may feel the very presence of your friend.
The robotics professor has been known for many of his android clones. Certainly, Elfoid P1 will stand out as a huge development in his robotic experiments. In August 2010, he unveiled a similar fetus-like telepresence device, dubbed Telenoid. The Elfoid P1, which has been developed from the very idea of Telenoid and has just been officially unveiled in Tokyo, is principally a pocket-friendly cellphone. The innovation adds only cellphone capability as an additional feature to the Telenoid.
According to Ishiguro, the new device is meant to feel “human presence” while making calls. However, the device does not move its limbs or turn face as Telenoid does. Ishiguro and team are working on to develop Elfoid P1 with these capabilities too.
Via: IEEE Spectrum