A man in Japan has built a partner using virtual reality goggles and motion-tracking hardware.
By wearing the goggles it is possible to see his significant other, a Japanese anime character called Hatsune Miku, walking through the real world as well as casting a shadow and interacting with real-world objects. Miku will respond to basic commands such as coming when beckoned or to being patted on the head.
The technology behind it all is undoubtedly impressive however it seems unlikely that the widespread adoption of a 'virtual girlfriend' is likely to happen any time soon.
"A video on YouTube, originally posted at Hack a Day, shows the view through a pair of video goggles that have been augmented with an Asus Xtion motion-tracking tool, essentially an off-brand Microsoft Kinect."
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Source: Future of Tech
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