Japan's 'Human Uber' Lets You Attend Events Using A Stranger's Body

This is not a joke. Soon, you will be able to "hire" a person to attend events in your place — all thanks to Jin Rekimoto, a Japanese AR/VR researcher affiliated with Sony.

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:


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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