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This article was published on March 4, 2011

    Meet Elfoid: the fetus-like robot that’s also a telepresence phone

    Meet Elfoid: the fetus-like robot that’s also a telepresence phone
    Courtney Boyd Myers
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    Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups gr Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups grow internationally. Previously, she was the Features Editor and East Coast Editor of TNW covering New York City startups and digital innovation. She loves magnets + reading on a Kindle. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter @CBM and .

    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.