Wouldn’t you love to lead a full, rich social life without the hassle of getting out of bed in the morning?
Soon, you may be able to, thanks to a new prototype of a product called the ChameleonMask, which debuted earlier this week at the MIT Technology Review’s EmTech conference in Singapore, NYMag.com reported.
Touted by creator Jun Rekimoto, deputy director of Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc., as a “human Uber,” the service would essentially allow customers to hire a living, breathing human to walk through the world in his or her stead.
“To do this,” Rekimoto wrote on his website, “a surrogate user wears a mask-shaped display that shows a remote user’s live face, and a voice channel transmits a remote user’s voice.” While the remote user looks through a video-enabled tablet attached to the front of the surrogate’s mask, the surrogate sees the same view through a concealed mobile phone inside the mask. The surrogate’s screen also displays any text instructions that the remote user might type in from home.