While not the most practical of cell phones, the Elfoid “looks just like the Telenoid and, indeed, does much the same thing: giving you a human(ish) silhouette to talk to.” NTT DoCoMo partnered with scientists at Osaka University to create this strange handset. Video after the break.

This one, though, is designed to be stuffed in your pocket. It’s basically a cellphone shaped like a vaguely human torso and head. You put it in your pocket and it tickles you when it rings. You talk into its belly and it speaks to you in response, playing the voice of whoever’s on the other line through its face.

[via EngadgetDailyMail]