Japanese Researcher Presents “Human Uber”, Lets Users Send a Surrogate on Events While at the Comfort of Their Home

It’s really hard to leave the house, run errands, attend meetings when you’re too lazy to go up and get ready. Well, maybe you would take consider taking a “Human Uber” – the newest tech concept that makes the people ‘present’ anywhere using another person’s body.

Yes, it’s already possible.

This unique idea was presented by a Japanese researcher Jun Rekimoto at MIT Tech Review’s EmTech in Singapore, he called it “chameleon mask”.

To do this, 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, a surrogate user mimics a remote user by following the remote user’s directions,” writes the Chameleon Mask website.

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So the concept is, the user will decide which surrogate should dress and behave according to the user’s instruction and the user, on the other hand, may enjoy the comfort of their home and watch what’s happening in the venue via webcam.

This design is based on our hypothesis assuming physical and social telepresence can be embodied by such a surrogate human who imitates the remote user. It also eliminates many difficulties of teleoperated robots wandering in the environment,” the website continues.

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Rekimoto also suggests that the surrogate should also have similar characteristics with the user like the height, body type and gender; also the surrogate should be familiar with the rest of the people in the room.

Would you consider using a human uber or be the human uber? I think that the iPad covering their face is uncomfortable…