Skip to comments.Is this the world's creepiest robot? Japanese inventor develops the bald, legless Telenoid R1
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 friends face on the telenoids face. 'If we embrace it, we have the feeling, that we embrace the friend.'
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I’d hit it.
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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.
I’d hit it harder.
I agree. A beret-wearing limbless ghoul the color of death, whose lifeless eyes gaze at me like a Sharks, would be a much more preferable image for video-conferencing.
“Michael Jackson would have wanted one. “
Michael Jackson would have become one.
I find the guy in the left photo as creepy looking as the casper the friendly ghostbot.
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.
In the video, is the guy asking for a sexual favor?
I can’t lie: an improvement it would most certainly be.
It sees dead people....
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.)
Hold your own darn beer, male chauvinist! ;-|
Darn feminists. ;^)
Yeah, just wait ‘til I burn my bra. Then you’ll be sorry.
The ash cloud will cover the Eastern Seaboard.
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