Instead of spending time at church or shopping, it's tradition on Christmas Eve in Japan to spend time with loved ones in a restaurant—and for those who are separated by distance, 'au' and Hakuhodo joined forces to create the Sync virtual dinner to bring couples who live miles apart together.
Developed as a way to connect "two distant hearts," the Sync Dinner involved setting up real-time screens before couples to enjoy a dinner with their significant other. Simulating face-to-face contact and conversation, this technology made it possible for couples over 400 miles apart to spend Christmas Eve together. Additional decorations and interactions could be added, plus the couples could even pose for a romantic photo, to make it seem as though they were never apart.
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