The Telenoid R1 robot is a creepy (yet still oddly cute) Casper the Friendly Ghost look-a-like, but it is meant to assist in video conferencing rather than haunt eternally.
Developed by the Osaka University and Japan's ATR, the Telenoid R1 robot essentially smooths "video conference relations by transmitting the gestures and words of the broadcaster to the receiver," according to Dvice. Sold for about $8,000, it hopes to provide a more realistic interaction and later perhaps comfort and company for Japan's aging population.
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