The new telecommute. Reservoir Dogs Steve Buscemi doll from House of Fashions
This is an idea I had. When you go on a business trip, you leave a teddy bear with the child. Then, when you’re abroad, you remotely connect to the teddy bear via XBox Kinect or whatever and see what he sees, hear what he hears and control what he does. So he can spend actually rewarding time with your child, through a physical avatar. Alternately, you could just put the bear on the flight.
This has been done before (see Anybot) but rather clinically. If you had real control of a doll (like the Kinect enables), such that it could run and walk and talk and look real, that would be really cool.