Below are some of the creepiest interactive pieces I’ve ever seen, and somehow they all come from the same confusing company: Diginfo. Based in Japan, this talented-yet-possibly-very-evil company is well on its way to patenting the world’s first interactive sex robot. The first video shows an interactive poster you can make out with, the second is a sketchy hand-shaking device, and the third is a disconcerting robot that is supposed to communicate the presence of the long-distancep party with whom you are communicating. What can we expect next from this company? I’m afraid to guess. Not pictured here is an interactive kissing device, which you can check out here after you’re done being freaked out by the videos below!
Some really creepy insight on the Interactive Poster from Diginfo:
“The current system only produces visual changes, but we could also include the scent of shampoo from the person’s hair, or a lemon-flavored film on the lips, or a speaker that whispers ‘I love you.’ People who’ve tried this system advised us to do those things, so we think there’s still plenty to be done.”
Even weirder is the fact that this project apparently stemmed from one researcher’s frustration that he couldn’t make out with his posters of female celebrities without water-warping the paper.
While each of these projects is no small feat of science and technology and could surely be used for something good, it is disconcerting that Diginfo feels it necessary to digitize human beings and relationships. No matter how good your programming skills are, there’s simply no way to replicate the real touch of a real person. Is this a step forward for technology, but a step backward for humanity? I guess it goes with the age-old saying: just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
Interactive Makeout Poster:
Robot Hand: This hand communicates grip force and body temperature.
Telenoid R1: Lonely? This robot will provide more than enough “presence” for you.