Wednesday, April 17, 2024

ChameleonMask lets you ‘clone yourself’ digitally

How many times have we wanted to be in two places at the same time? Admit it. There are moments when you wish you had a clone so you could stay home and take a break from obligatory social functions. Sometimes we’re spread so thin that we long for a proxy who could help us meet the requirements of all the roles we play in our personal and professional lives.

Photo courtesy of ChameleonMask

Well, it seems that the mask’s creator Jun Rekimoto ? deputy director of Sony Computer Science Laboratories ? can relate to the woes of the people who are caught in the madness of multitasking.

Then again, ChameleonMask’s product description reads like an entry from a surreal catalog. It says: “ChameleonMask is a telepresence system that displays a remote user’s face on another user?s face. By wearing the mask, we can be someone else and also someone can be our surrogates. The remote user can not only communicate with people who are not in the same place but also communicate physically by making direction such as body gesture with surrogate’s limbs.”

It added that the ChameleonMask project is “an attempt to ask what human persona is by separating the face and body of a person.”

Watch the video below to see how the ChameleonMask technology works.

It basically has the designated proxy wearing the ChameleonMask (headgear that has a screen to cover up the proxy’s face) that projects a remote user’s face. It’s also equipped with a voice channel that transmits the remote user’s voice.

The ChameleonMask was one of the gadgets unveiled at the MIT Technology Review’s EmTech conference in Singapore earlier this month. For more information on how it works and how you could possibly get it, check out the ChameleonMask website.

The ChameleonMask is something wrought from science fiction. However, we have to ask, who are the people who would agree to be used as “surrogates”? How much would they get paid to walk around as someone else?


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