Hiroshi Ishiguro, a professor at Osaka University, famous for creating android clones of himself, has done it again: meet Elfoid, a little teleoperated fetus looking robot that works as a telepresence cellphone. What do I mean by telepresence? Think: “Can you feel me now?”
Elfoid was unveiled in Japan yesterday and our friends at IEEE Spectrum were there to report. Elfoid not only transmits voice, but also motion to convey a person’s “presence” remotely. The technology is based on a motion-capture system that transmits your facial and head movements to Elfoid, who reproduces the movements on its little fetus like body in addition to transmitting your voice.
Watch this video and read IEEE’s full report here for more information.