A new and experimental concept referred to as the "human uber" gives new meaning to the phrase 'living vicariously through someone else.' Japanese researchers have developed a type of screen which, when strapped to a person's head, essentially allows them to act as someone else's body. The technology is called ChameleonMask; through it, users can more or less FaceTime through life. The 'surrogate' wearing a screen goes out into the world and the user, watching through a camera, remains behind.
via: Sway.comThe ChameleonMask's website suggests people such surrogates for long-distance business trips, or even cosplaying purposes.
When MIT Tech Review writer Will Knight tweeted about the ChameleonMask, the internet began to take notice of this bizarre creation.
“Human Uber,” developed in Japan, provides a way to attend events remotely using another person’s body. “It’s surpr… https://t.co/sw4qglGoCz— Will Knight (@Will Knight)1517295167.0
For those who love (hate) #HumanUber (#ChameleonMask). please take a look at the project page… https://t.co/jeqJgIrut7— Jun Rekimoto : 暦本純一 (@Jun Rekimoto : 暦本純一)1517618922.0
Here's a video demonstration of the Human Uber:The "human uber" website also includes this quick video with visual examples of the tech. "We hypothesize physical and social telepresence can be embodied by a surrogate human who imitates the remote user," the video explains.
@rkmt giving the #emtechasia audience a peek into the emerging immersive technologies his lab is developing #AR #VR… https://t.co/MInfezNzur— EmTech Asia ➡️ Virtual (@EmTech Asia ➡️ Virtual)1517296987.0
via: Sway.comYou can see the whole setup in more detail here, with the screen connecting to a thick pair of goggle-like straps. This might also look like the plot of a dystopian sci-fi movie.
Of course, Twitter users proceeded to point out some funny (or potentially worrying) pop-culture parallels.Exhibit A: That time How I Met Your Mother saw Marshall FaceTiming in to a meal via iPad and an awkwardly stuffed Marshall-dummy.
@willknight @AnitaKenobi https://t.co/AB0dbsZZCV— The Vault Loon (@The Vault Loon)1517429542.0
@willknight The Phil bot is finally here. https://t.co/7AwFqBrPKh— Priloza👄 (@Priloza👄)1517303916.0
Basically, this isn't the first time someone has had the idea to make something (or someone) else their surrogates in life.
@willknight https://t.co/c2IUNIqb4q— R-Millz (@R-Millz)1517328072.0