Elfoid Handset Provides Bizarre Telepresence Experience
A Japanese humanoid cellphone presents an alternative vision of how our conversations will be mediated in the future.
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: