Vibrating telepresence robot baby is designed for hugging during phone conversations

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Telepresence robots have already appeared on our virtual pages on several occasions before, but typically they've focused on commercial and industrial purposes. The Hugvie, on the other hand, is an uncharacteristically soft, cuddly creation that's designed to give consumers a more complex feeling of interaction with those they speak to by phone. The brainchild of Japan's Osaka University and Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR), the Hugvie is designed with a minimalistic, child-sized human form that could be associated with either gender. Featuring a pocket into which the user's cell phone can be inserted, the huggable device includes also a…

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