Maybe it's just us, but some Japanese robots are a special brand of creepy. The moaning mouth was bad enough, but now there's this tadpole-shaped telepresence robot, hereby christened Larvabot.
The Telenoid R1 is meant to be a minimalist human, so details are restricted to its eyes and face, which are strangely realistic. Its body is limited to flipper-like arms and a stylized torso that ends in a mermaid-ish taper.
Oh, Japan, you never cease to amaze. From the country that brought you water powered jetpacks, robots that make dinner and tentacles that do...other things, comes a floating UFO that will dutifully clean Osaka's public waterways.