How would you like an ambassador from the uncanny valley to hold in your hand? To finger, and to press up against your ear? Naturally, Japan has made it happen.
Behold the Elfoid P1:
The current prototype measures 20 centimeters (8 in) long, is covered in a soft fleshy urethane skin, and has the same genderless and ageless appearance as the Telenoid. The control buttons are embedded in the chest, which glows green when the Elfoid is in use.
The current prototype is unable to move, but future versions will incorporate tiny motors and parts made from shape-memory alloys, allowing the Elfoid to move its eyes, mouth, neck and arms.
Your nightmares may commence... now.