“Human Uber” Let’s You Attend Events… In Someone Else’s Body

Don’t feel like going to school or work? How ‘bout to those plans you made a week ago? Don’t worry the ChameleonMask has got you covered. Japanese researcher, Jun Rekimoto presented the mask at MIT Tech Review’s EmTech. He describes it as a “human Uber,” but Vice says, it more closely resembles a mobile FaceTime.

The technology “uses a real human as a surrogate for another remote user.” Confused? Don't be. You would essentially hire someone to go to an event for you, and they'd wears a mask-shaped display (like an iPad) which shows your live face with a voice translator to hear the user’s voice. Rekimoto reportedly describes using ChameleonMask as “surprisingly natural.”

There’s just one minor kink to work out. It’s not clear how the surrogate is able to see as the mask covers the entire face. Perhaps eye holes will come as an update?

Source: Vice



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