I actually started watching this video while eating a slice of pizza, and had to stop. And I can usually wolf down a burrito while a bum is taking a crap on the sidewalk next to me, so that should give you an idea of the level of Code Red Terrifying this is.
Why do you touch it?!
The Telenoid R1 is a communications device enabling people to “chat” from long distances by mimicking the movements of the speaker. The user sits at a computer connected to a webcam, which records the speaker’s voice and tracks their movements. The movements are then mimicked by the transportable Telenoid, which is placed with the recipient of the message.
“If a friend speaks from the telenoid, we can imagine the friend’s face on the telenoid’s face,” inventor Hiroshi Ishiguro says. “If we embrace it, we have the feeling, that we embrace the friend.”
Even this half-ass, genderless mascot would be infinitely less gross:
Take it from me, I love you!