Social Telepresence Idea

You need to be at a meeting you can't physically attend. The guy on the right is your surrogate/avatar. You interact with through the helmet he is wearing.

You need to be at a meeting you can't physically attend. The guy on the right is your surrogate/avatar. You interact with through the helmet he is wearing.

This idea comes from James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau and I guess it is the combination of the serious and austere way they present combined with the wackiness of what they are presenting that make this so intriguing to me. OK, add in a couple ideas like machines that feed off pests – something that I have fantasized about for ages – and I get a real kick.

One of their scenarios  for social telepresence is described this way:

“Through the rent-a-body service the customer can rent the physical body of another person. The rented body effectively has his senses removed, he can see nothing and hear only the voice instructions of his user. His body becomes literally a host. This enables the customer to either visit ‘socially’ inhospitable, unethical places or to attent meetings or events without physically being there.”

The user of the telepresence can use immersive sensory input to experience the remote location.

The user of the telepresence can use immersive sensory input to experience the remote location.

One reason to use telepresence is because one is physically unable to be at the remote location.

Don't want to be seen going to a particular entertainment venue? Rent a host for your telepresence, while you take in the sights and sounds remotely.

Don't want to be seen going to a particular entertainment venue? Rent a host for your telepresence, while you take in the sights and sounds remotely.

Think of this way, we are used to experiencing virtual worlds through the perspective our our avatars, what if the information we are being sent is simply on another person, or for that matter, for a furrier perspective, something actually furry…

I like the quirkiness of this notional set up. What we also need is remote-control of the dog's movements.

I like the quirkiness of this notional set up. What we also need is remote-control of the dog's movements.

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