In case video chat wasn’t realistic enough for you. Via Brisbane Times:
Japanese researchers say they have developed a human-shaped mobile phone with a skin-like outer layer that enables users to feel closer to those on the other end.
“The mobile phone may feel like the person you are talking to,” the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) said in a press release, describing the gadget as a “revolutionary telecom medium”.
The project is a collaboration between Osaka University, the mobile telephone operator NTT DoCoMo and other institutes.
They hope to put it into commercial production within five years by adding image and voice recognition functions.