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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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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald