InterSpeech 2011

From Teleoperated Androids to Cellphones as Surrogates

Hiroshi Ishiguro (Osaka University)

In order to understand the meaning of human presence, we have developed Geminoid which is an teleoperated android of myself. With the android, we could learn how people can adapt the new media. Based on the knowledge, we have recently developed a simpler teleoperated android with the minimal humanlike appearance. The new android is called Telenoid. People can easily adapt to Telenoid and enjoy conversations by using it. Further, we are remaking it with a cell-phone size. It is called Elfoid. We believe the new type of cell-phone can transmit our presence to distant places and changes our life style again.