Telenoid is a robotic communications device. You connect to the robot over the Net, and it will transmit your voice and mimic your face and head motions. It's like a mobile phone shaped like an alien.
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Telenoid was designed by Hiroshi Ishiguro, who also designed the Geminoid robots.
The Telenoid R1 was created at Osaka University by a team led by Hiroshi Ishiguro. The goal was to design a telepresence robot that could reproduce the voice and movements of a remote operator. Ishiguro is known for his lifelike androids that look like real people, including a robot replica of himself that he named Geminoid HI-1 and a smiling female android called Geminoid F. But the Telenoid is quite different, featuring a minimalistic design. The size of small child, the robot has a soft torso with a bald head, a doll-like face, and stumps in place of limbs. In 2011, Ishiguro unveiled Elfoid, a pocket-size version of the Telenoid that could operate as a cellphone.