Professor Tachi from Japan’s Keio University has been working on telepresence robots since the 1980s, and TELESAR V, a so-called telexistence robot avatar, is the finest work of his lab yet. The robot makes it possible to transmit sight, hearing and even touch in order “to free people from time and space constraints”.
The way it works is that the robot becomes your alter ego (or “avatar”) at a distant location: the human operator sees what the robot sees and hears what the robot hears. With model V, operators can Telesar can even “feel” the shape and temperature of objects, thanks to a set of sensors built into the hands.
This video (shot by Diginfo TV, in English) provides more insight on TELESAR V: