Rise of the robo-teddies*

*Apologies to anyone who arrived here searching for cyborg lingerie. I'm not sure exactly why, but I've always had a thing for stuffed animals. If I see unbought ones in stores, it always makes me sad. And as a child, I was always careful to treat my stuffies with respect, lest they come alive during the night and exact revenge.

Now, it appears all of this may have been justified:

Meet "Huggable", a creation of MIT's Personal Robots Group. It's filled with sensors, has webcam eyes, and speakers in its nose. It's designed to respond to a user as an electronic pet. But it also uses telepresence, meaning the bear will replicated inputted movements from a remote bear. So, if you want to give someone a hug from thousands of miles away, you may soon have the option of using a bear-to-bear interface.

And c'mon, Huggable is pretty cute with those big sad eyes and all. However, the sans-fur version is a little too T-800 for my taste.