<p>A new robot made in <a id="dg20" title="Japan" href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/japan-guide/">Japan</a> is giving new meaning to the idea of a <a id="t0kx" title="&quot;ghost&quot; in the shell" href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113568/">"ghost" in the shell</a>.</p><p>The Telenoid R1, which debuted in Osaka this week, is a minimalist humanoid robot controlled remotely via a computer-mounted camera. The Telenoid can move its head and wiggle its arms using motors in its ghostly body. Above, the robot relays a teacher's head movements and voice to a young girl during a demonstration.</p><p><a id="q8a2" title="Osaka University" href="http://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en">Osaka University</a> professor Hiroshi Ishiguro designed the robot to be a low-cost surrogate for teachers and social workers, allowing for remote interactions while creating the impression of a person in the room.</p><p><em>—Tim Hornyak</em></p>

Remote-control Teacher

A new robot made in Japan is giving new meaning to the idea of a "ghost" in the shell.

The Telenoid R1, which debuted in Osaka this week, is a minimalist humanoid robot controlled remotely via a computer-mounted camera. The Telenoid can move its head and wiggle its arms using motors in its ghostly body. Above, the robot relays a teacher's head movements and voice to a young girl during a demonstration.

Osaka University professor Hiroshi Ishiguro designed the robot to be a low-cost surrogate for teachers and social workers, allowing for remote interactions while creating the impression of a person in the room.

—Tim Hornyak

Photograph by Yoshikazu Tsuno, AFP/Getty Images

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