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Is this the world's creepiest robot? Japanese inventor develops the bald, legless Telenoid R1
Daily Mail ^ | 1:34 PM on 3rd August 2010 | Daily Mail Reporter

Posted on 08/03/2010 10:10:04 AM PDT by BenLurkin

Its pale torso is about the size of a small child, it has no legs and just stumps for arms. For a man who has made his life's work coming up with increasingly creepy robots, Hiroshi Ishiguro has really outdone himself this time. The Japanese roboticist has just unveiled his latest creation - a strange robotic creature called the Telenoid R1.

Ishiguro has, in the past, tried to exactly replicate living humans and once developed an eerie robot replica of himself that he named Geminoid HI-1. He also came up with a terrifyingly lifelike female robot called the Gemnoid F. But the new Telenoid is something of a departure for the eccentric inventor.

Ishiguro designed the Telenoid R1 to be a robot that could appear like many different ages and that is easily transportable. It is intended to be used as a communication device so that people can 'chat' from long distances: the robot is supposed to be able toe transmit the presence' of a person from a distant place.

To operate, the user must sit at a computer with a webcam that tracks the user's movements and captures their voice. Actuator's in the robot's body help it to move in a realistic way.

These movements are then mimicked by the Telenoid which is sitting with the message's recipient. The Telenoid R1 will be demonstrated at this year's Ars Electronica festival in Linz, Austria. Ishiguro says: 'The unique appearance may be eerie when we first see it. However, once we communicate with others by using the telenoid, we can adapt to it. 'If a friend speaks from the telenoid, we can imagine the friend’s face on the telenoid’s face. 'If we embrace it, we have the feeling, that we embrace the friend.'

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TOPICS: Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: creepy; creepyrobot; napl; robot; telenoid; telenoidr1
Michael Jackson would have wanted one.
1 posted on 08/03/2010 10:10:08 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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3 posted on 08/03/2010 10:12:07 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: Disambiguator

I’d hit it.


5 posted on 08/03/2010 10:20:53 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: BenLurkin

In Every Dream Home A Heartache


6 posted on 08/03/2010 10:22:44 AM PDT by GSWarrior (I'm from the government and I'm here to change the climate.)
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To: Disambiguator

BWAAAHAAAHAAHAAAHAAHAHAHAHA!


7 posted on 08/03/2010 10:22:53 AM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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To: BenLurkin

He needs to dress it up. At least give it a little beret to wear.

I don’t much want to video-conference with a limbless ghoul the color of death, whose lifeless eyes gaze at me like a Shark’s. But if it was wearing clothes that might help.


8 posted on 08/03/2010 10:23:50 AM PDT by agere_contra (...what if we won't eat the dog food?)
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To: goseminoles

I’d hit it harder.


9 posted on 08/03/2010 10:24:53 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union. Then we became them." -- Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: Lazamataz

LOL!!!!


10 posted on 08/03/2010 10:26:59 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: agere_contra

I agree. A beret-wearing limbless ghoul the color of death, whose lifeless eyes gaze at me like a Shark’s, would be a much more preferable image for video-conferencing.


11 posted on 08/03/2010 10:29:30 AM PDT by FourPeas (God Save America)
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To: BenLurkin

“Michael Jackson would have wanted one. “

Michael Jackson would have become one.


12 posted on 08/03/2010 10:31:11 AM PDT by eCSMaster (He promised hope; he gave us hype. He promised change; he gave us chains!)
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To: BenLurkin

I find the guy in the left photo as creepy looking as the casper the friendly ghostbot.


13 posted on 08/03/2010 10:32:30 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (My problem with aging is I tend to forget things. Also, I've found that I tend to forget things.)
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To: BenLurkin

14 posted on 08/03/2010 10:34:45 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: FourPeas

LOL, good point.

Maybe they could use something like this to replace those many, many left-wing pundits who are too ugly for television. Like e.g. those harpies on “The View”.

Every single one of them - except for Elisabeth Hasselbeck of course - could be replaced by one of these undead abominations forged in some silicon hell.

Tell me that that wouldn’t be an improvement.


15 posted on 08/03/2010 10:40:10 AM PDT by agere_contra (...what if we won't eat the dog food?)
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To: Lazamataz

In the video, is the guy asking for a sexual favor?


16 posted on 08/03/2010 10:40:39 AM PDT by SMARTY ("What luck for rulers that men do not think." Adolph Hitler)
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To: agere_contra

I can’t lie: an improvement it would most certainly be.


17 posted on 08/03/2010 10:42:16 AM PDT by FourPeas (God Save America)
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To: BenLurkin

It sees dead people....


18 posted on 08/03/2010 10:56:13 AM PDT by Waverunner
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To: SMARTY
No. He has a faithful pillow back home.


20 posted on 08/03/2010 11:04:27 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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21 posted on 08/03/2010 11:04:56 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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22 posted on 08/03/2010 11:06:08 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: a fool in paradise
Watch out when they computerize the "Real Doll":


23 posted on 08/03/2010 11:08:40 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: Maceman

Cherry 2000?

I am surprised the nerds have not created something like that yet.

Feminists will hollar at the success of the female robots.

(so much for feminism giving ugly women a chance.)


24 posted on 08/03/2010 11:16:19 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: BenLurkin

Casper?!


25 posted on 08/03/2010 11:52:17 AM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (FDR had the New Deal. President 0bama has the Raw Deal.)
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To: a fool in paradise; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
He was trying to create the perfext woman, but forgot the flat head.


26 posted on 08/04/2010 12:37:31 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Hold your own darn beer, male chauvinist! ;-|


27 posted on 08/04/2010 5:47:14 AM PDT by TheOldLady (Pablo is very wily.)
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To: TheOldLady

Darn feminists. ;^)


28 posted on 08/04/2010 5:49:44 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Yeah, just wait ‘til I burn my bra. Then you’ll be sorry.

The ash cloud will cover the Eastern Seaboard.


29 posted on 08/04/2010 6:04:32 AM PDT by TheOldLady (Pablo is very wily.)
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To: TheOldLady

ROFLMAO!


30 posted on 08/04/2010 6:23:52 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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