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Friday, October 26, 2012

Mixed Reality Communication Robot

At the Digital Content Expo 2012 in Tokyo the U- interactive "mixed reality" humanoid robot, U-Tsu-Shi-O-Mi, originally developed by Michihiko Shoji, Center for Economic Growth Strategy, Yokohama National University and NTT DoCoMo, will be exhibited. The virtual humanoid is an interactive "augmented reality" system that lets the user be able to both see and touch virtual 3D characters. The system consists of a special headset, a synchronized pair of a robot and virtual 3D characters. When the headset is put on, the user will see a computer animated human overlaying the featureless robot. The headset has a pair of video cams in it, and the images captured by the cameras are transported to a PC which makes composite images of real and virtual world together in real-time. Then, through the headset, an augmented reality world can be seen. Using Virtual Humanoid, the user will be able to invite its favorite celebrity to its living room. Check out a the demo video below.

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