Japanese gamer creates virtual girlfriend that resists advances
London, July 11 (ANI): A lonely gamer in Japan has created a virtual girlfriend that reacts to every stroke and cuddle, but knows when to draw the line.
The gadget enthusiast hooked up a Kinect sensor - a device which usually acts as a pair of eyes for the Xbox console, but has been commandeered by the hacking enthusiast community - with a pair of video glasses, which can overlay virtual objects into a real world.
The first thing that he did with that contraption was to make a girlfriend.
His partner comes pre-made from a Japanese PC voice synthesiser called Vocaloid, and is called Hatsune Miku, a popular icon in Japan.
The video at its first glance is very creepy - Miku walks at the user like a horror character from 'The Ring,' while techno Japanese dance music plays over the top.
Then she starts interacting with her "boyfriend", giggling as he pats her on the head, and skipping and dancing around the park.
The next action on the basis of a tech demo, is not pleasant to watch as he slaps his girlfriend on the head.
Miku responds with a scowl - and this expression also returns when the user tries to touch her inappropriately towards the end of the video.
The character already has a range of movements thanks to her PC heritage, happily dancing around if she hears music, and skipping, jumping or simply walking after her "boyfriend."
Meanwhile, the combination of Kinect sensor and overlay-goggles work well, with Miku vanishing behind a tree as the man walks away, and re-appearing around the other side as he changes his position.
Shadows appear around her feet, and if you swipe at her tie, it flutters in the breeze. (ANI)
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