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12 December 2005, 01:29 AM
NTT's Virtual Humanoid Project

Posted Dec 23rd 2005 5:40PM by Evan Blass (
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It doesn't take long to conjure images of lonely men in tiny apartments when we think of Japan, and projects like NTT's latest development don't help. At the recent "NTT Group Communications EXPO," the company demonstrated a technology called "Virtual Humanoid," where a human-shaped figure appears to be nothing but green to the naked eye, but a (creepy) woman's features appear to be on the figure when the viewer is equipped with a special Head-Mounted Display unit, . The possibilities are endless -- NTT looks to bring robotics into the formula so the figure can move and interact even further. Right, move and interact. NTT's final goal for the project is to enable people to have a game of baseball with Ichiro, so it looks like they'll be at this one for a while.

12 December 2005, 01:33 AM
Did anyone see this in an episode of Futurama? The one where Fry fell in love with the Lucy Liu robot...

12 December 2005, 02:19 AM
Wasn't this posted ages back? There was some video of this thing moving too, still looked very animatronic (clunky moves). Still it's interesting in a way, just imagine Madame Tussauds full of these things... even more creepy!

12 December 2005, 04:29 AM
Bold use of green-screen tech. But when you are touching the manikin's face, as the demo girl is in the photos, thatís exactly what you will feel, a manikin with none of the attributes one is perceiving through the VR HMD.

Still, it will be interesting to see what this evolves into.

12 December 2005, 10:04 AM
Oh, my god... :argh:

Where are we going to? :sad:

12 December 2005, 10:20 AM
Did anyone see this in an episode of Futurama? The one where Fry fell in love with the Lucy Liu robot...

and then the real lucy liu's head fell in love with bender. yeah, maybe not so farfetched anymore.

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