Telenoid R1: The Strange Robot that Mimics Human Gestures

Telenoid R1 Robot

Japanese designer Hiroshi Ishiguro on Sunday unveiled a strange robot that can mimic speech and gestures sent to it by video-phone. Called the Telenoid R1, the android is 31 inches long and weighs 11 pounds. It doesn’t have fingers or legs, and looks like an unborn infant from Silent Hill.

Professor Ishiguro expects the silicon-skinned robot to be used in real-life situations, allowing people to feel as though they’re talking to a live person instead of a video on a computer screen.

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[via io9]