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Creepy Japanese Humanoid Cellphone Threatens Mobilized’s Friday Productivity

I was about to get to work this morning (really, I was), when I found myself utterly distracted by news items about a prototype cellphone out of Japan that takes a vaguely human form.

According to various blog reports, one talks to the Elfoid–as the phone is known–and then the speaker’s voice comes out of the fetus-like device. Worse yet, it has a texture reminiscent of human skin and tickles the recipient when a call comes in. Apparently Osaka University and NTT DoCoMo are the ones responsible for making me feel like I need to shower again.

The video below doesn’t do more than show the Elfoid from various angles and reaffirm the product’s aforementioned creepiness, but I couldn’t help watching it.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik