Robotic Hand Will Make Video Chatting Even Creepier

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Engineers at Osaka University in Japan have created this robotic hand for use with video chatting, to help people talking to each other online feel more connected.

It's warm like a human hand, registers grip force, and will be programmed "to harass their colleagues with a constant stream of formal greetings".

I'm not sure what that means, but it doesn't really matter either way, because this device looks like the beginning of a strange new world of online arm wrestling matches and *ahem* safe virtual encounters.

Just don't ask this thing to wash your windows, or you will see a strike sign appear in it's hand faster than you can say Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto!

--via Engadget

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