Today is a good day for every person sitting at home that kinda wants to mingle with people, but also does not want to leave the house no matter what.
There’s finally an invention that means you can sit at home and Netflix and chill without sacrificing any of your super important social obligations.
The MIT Tech Review’s EmTech sees hundreds of crazy new pieces of technology every year, but Japanese researcher Jun Rekimoto caught everyone’s attention with the ChameleonMask.
According to Rekimoto, ChameleonMask “uses a real human as a surrogate for another remote user. To do this, a surrogate user wears a mask-shaped display that shows a remote user’s live face, and a voice channel transmits a remote user’s voice.”
“Human Uber,” developed in Japan, provides a way to attend events remotely using another person’s body. “It’s surprisingly natural” says its inventor, Jin Rekimoto of Sony #emtechasia pic.twitter.com/WZHPVcZ6M0
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Old mate said that the “Pilot study confirmed that people could regard the masked person as a right person.” The developers also tested playing as an anime character in real life.
This is a great move for anyone that doesn’t really want to put any effort into attending an event but doesn’t exactly want to miss the entire spectacle. Don’t wanna go to a friend’s birthday? Just pay someone to go get drunk for you while you sit at home.
Sounds fun right?
I’m not entirely sure how the surrogate is supposed to see, as the mask seems to be lacking eyeholes.
Wow, the future is dope.
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