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Uploaded on Oct 27, 2010

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Your friend is not around, can you talk to him/her through a robotic copy of Casper the Friendly Ghost? The Telenoid R1, a new telepresence robot developed by Osaka University and ATR, has that purpose. The robot is 80 cm long (~31 inches), ghost-white, and has stubby limbs that make it look exactly like a cartoon ghost. Telenoid is an advanced video conferencing tool crafted to resemble a minimalist human being. A person in front of a webcam will have their voice and head movements recorded and sent over the internet to the robot through WiFi connection. Telenoid R1 will soon retail for ¥ 3 million (~$35,000 USD), the advanced version, with a cheaper model for ¥ 700k (~$8000 USD). This is the first step in making people accept robots in their daily lives. Would you learn how to love this creepy robot?

Osaka University is a major national university in Osaka, Japan. It is the sixth oldest university in Japan as the Osaka Prefectural Medical College, and formerly one of the Imperial Universities of Japan.

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