Hate social interaction with humans? Then "Human Uber" is just the thing for you.
Thanks to Jin Rekimoto, a Japanese AR/VR researcher affiliated with Sony, people will soon be able to "hire" someone else's body to remotely attend events.
It sounds like a gag but it isn't. The technology was recently demonstrated at the MIT Tech Review’s EmTech conference in Asia. Rekimoto calls it the “ChameleonMask.”
Here's how it works: a person straps a screen, an iPad for instance, to their face and fills in for someone else.
It “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,” states Rekimoto's website.
The hilarious development attracted social media attention after Will Knight, a writer for MIT Tech Review, tweeted about it:
“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— will knight (@willknight) January 30, 2018
For people who hate attending weddings, or any social human interaction for that matter, ChameleonMask is a blessing.
There's just one small problem: It's not yet clear how the surrogate would be able to see since they will have a screen strapped on their face.
Let's see what Rekimoto has to offer in his next update.
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