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Elfoid Handset Provides Bizarre Telepresence Experience

Elfoid Handset Provides Bizarre Telepresence Experience

A Japanese humanoid cellphone presents an alternative vision of how our conversations will be mediated in the future.

Stephen Fortune

A bizarre telecommunications prototype unveiled in Tokyo represents a curious format for telepresence:

the Elfoid handset is designed to add an element of realism to long-distance communication by recreating the physical presence of a remote user.

The Elfoid telecommunication device is the outcome of a collaboration between Osaka University and NTT Docomo and Qualcomm. It is equipped with a camera and a motion capturing system, and will eventually include motors and parts made from shape-memory alloys, allowing realistic articulation of this unnerving pseduo human entity:

“the Elfoid phone will be able to watch the user’s face and transmit motion data to another Elfoid phone, which can then reproduce the face and head movements in real-time.”

The hope is to have this strange device fully operational within 5 years.

[via Pink Tentacle]

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