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Humanoid Phone Haunts Your Dreams

Osaka University's Hiroshi Ishiguro and his team of Japanese researchers have come up with a twisted creation. Named 'Elfoid', Ishiguro's mobile phone is eerily shaped like a human being. The Elfoid is designed to add a sense of realism to communication by attempting to recreate the physical presence of the person on the other side of the phone.

Equipped with a speaker and LEDin its chest, the phone turns blue when in use and red while in standby mode. Judging from the lack of a physical dialpad or keyboard, we're assuming most of the calling will be done through voice commands. Although the initial prototype Elfoid doesn't move, future versions will incorporate motors and shape-memory components to further add to creepiness. The researchers hope to eventually enable the Elfoid to watch the user's face and transmit one Elfoid owner's emotions to another Elfoid phone that mimics said emotions and movements.

Ishiguro and his team hope to officially launch the Elfoid within 5 years and will be adding temperature sensors, an accelerometer, image and voice recognition functions.