Researchers in Osaka, Japan have unveiled the Telenoid R1, an androgynous robot that offers as physical presence for remote users.

In the age of networked communities, many of us are used to forging relationships with people across the world; often, communication is quite regulated to virtual representations (i.e. text, pictures, avatars). With video chatting starting to bridge gap into the real world, it was only a matter of time before the physical world started entering the digital world more pervasively.

Part human robot, part avatar, researchers at Osaka University in Japan are developing the Telenoid R1 with the intention of creating a physical presence between the user and its remote user:

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