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Virtual Love Partner Combines Physical Robot, Virtual Reality

 - Oct 16, 2007
References: pinktentacle
I just love all the technology speak related to this item, but let's be realistic, what we are looking at here is the next big thing in virtual love partners. In short, this robot can perform physical manouvers, but the robot's owner sees a virtual person using special goggles.

With the right software, you can have a different lover everyday! It will totally revolutionize the way we play, and I am not talking about the joysticks on our X-boxes here!

Pink Tentacle notes, "U-Tsu-Shi-O-Mi is an interactive “mixed reality” humanoid robot that appears as a computer-animated character when viewed through a special head-mounted display. A virtual 3D avatar that moves in sync with the robot's actions is mapped onto the machine's green cloth skin (the skin functions as a green screen), and the sensor-equipped head-mounted display tracks the angle and position of the viewer's head and constantly adjusts the angle at which the avatar is displayed. The result is an interactive virtual 3D character with a physical body that the viewer can literally reach out and touch. Researcher Michihiko Shoji, formerly of NTT DoCoMo, helped create U-Tsu-Shi-O-Mi as a tool for enhancing virtual reality simulations."

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