File under 'Creepy': Japanese researchers develop 'fleshlike' mobile phone

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File under 'Creepy': Japanese researchers develop 'fleshlike' mobile phone

AFP reports that Japanese researchers have developed a mobile phone shaped like a person that has an outer coating that feels like human skin.

The press release from Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (a collaboration between Osaka University, NTT DoCoMo and others) described the device as a "revolutionary telecom medium", claiming the mobile phone could "feel like the person you are talking to".

The plan is to put it into commercial production within five years. Yuck! Why on earth do people believe something like this could be attractive? Who to? Personally, I think holding something flesh-like to my ear or in front of my face would make my skin crawl. And the thought that someone else would be doing the same when they're talking to me on the phone would, as they say in US teen movies, "creep me out".

This was first published in March 2011

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