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Hugvie: The Squishy, Huggable Future of Telepresence Is Here

May 3, 2012 | Hogan Keyser
hugvie_telepresence_hug_robot.jpgMay 2, 2012 by Kevin Lee via -- You might think the future of realistic telepresence will come in the form of realistic 3D graphics or a cold metal robot avatar.

Japanese robot designer and Osaka University professor Hiroshi Ishiguro disagrees. He thinks that phone calls need more hugging, so he created the Hugvie, a plushy pillow in the shape of a mono-legged Teletubby that you can embrace while you're talking to someone over the phone.

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