Covered with soft silicon skin, Telenoid R1 is powered by nine electric motors. The motors, for example, allow the robot to project the voice and motions of a man talking to his granddaughter (not pictured) remotely.
Although it has a realistic face, the robot's limbs and torso were abbreviated to save on production costs. The Eager company of Japan is slated to begin selling Telenoids commercially later this year for the equivalent of about $8,000.
"People can adapt to the robot through interaction, since it has a neutral appearance," creator Ishiguro said. "It does not look like an elderly person or young child, man or woman. Therefore, the user can imagine the operator's face on the robot by hearing the voice."
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