Ok so this story is a little bit wtf but it might provide some good news for the gamers out there who are feeling a little bit lonely, because now they can bring their virtual friends out of the computer and into the real world!
Using a Kinect sensor which is like a pair of eyes for the Xbox but that have been modified by the hacking community and a pair of video glasses a Japanese gadget enthusiast has found a way of overlaying virtual objects into the world outside of the computer.
Of course, the first thing this guy did when he got the technology working, was to create himself a virtual girlfriend – of course reinforcing all those age-old clichés about gamers not being able to find a partner!
His girlfriend was pre-made from a Japanese PC voice synthesizer called Vocaloid and her name is Hatsune Miku. She is something of an iconic figure in Japan.
It is a little bizarre how easily little Miku slots into reality. When she walks, she casts a shadow, her tie flutters in the wind, she dances when there is music and she looks none too pleased when her ‘boyfriend’ tries to touch her somewhat inappropriately at the end of the video. We are assuming that she was playing hard to get because she knows the cameras were rolling and that she is much more susceptible to his advances when they are behind closed doors. Or not, who knows?!?
The combination of the Kinect sensor and the overlay goggles works well and this kind of technology need not be limited to creating a virtual girlfriend, because let’s face it, that is more than a little bit creepy! It could be used for all sorts of things, like creating virtual pets for people who don’t enjoy cleaning up real dog crap, I have it on good authority that the digitized stuff doesn’t stink half so bad! Owners of virtual pets wouldn’t have to worry about extortionate vet bills either!
This project is clearly the sign of things to come, especially as it undoubtedly won’t be too long before Google’s Project Glass goggles hit the market…
However it is worth remembering…
WARNING: Using this technology will require a thick skin. It does not enable anyone else to see what you are seeing, therefore those in your immediate surroundings are likely to think you are a little bit insane when they see you interacting with something/someone who isn’t there!
(Via Daily Mail)