Telenoid: phone with a robot body?

[youtube=] The Telenoid R1 has basic human features, added to create an element of realism, designed to change the dynamic of long-distance communication via the internet. This little guy, while rather creepy at times, actually mimics the actions of the remote user whose movements are tracked with a special software and delivers their voice to the other user... kinda like a large phone.

So why the strange look?

The robot was given just enough features to create a physical presence, but looks androgynous and ageless so that it has appeal to all ages and genders.

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