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Engineers in Japan have designed a cell phone that mimics the feel of human skin.

The phone, called Elfoid, was made in cooperation with NTT Docomo, Japan’s Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International, Osaka University and other research institutions.

‘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 prototype is  the size of your palm and features an outer coating that feels like human skin, ATR officials said. A speaker is installed in the head of the doll-like gadget and a light-emitting diode in its chest turns blue when the phone is in use and red when it is in standby mode. The body resembles a human being but its design is so fuzzy that it could be taken as either male or female and young or old, the press release said.   

Interestiing.

Check out some more cell phones from Japan and a video of the human phone below.

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The Elfoid cell phone from Japan.

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A cellphone that touches and blows you kisses.

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(The purse shaped cellphone).

Designed by renown Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, this purse shaped cell phone was released in Japan two years ago. 

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Kusama’s purse cell phone.