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NTT's Virtual Humanoid Project

Liam McNulty

It doesn't take long to conjure images of lonely men in tiny apartments when we think of Japan, and projects like NTT's latest development don't help. At the recent "NTT Group Communications EXPO," the company demonstrated a technology called "Virtual Humanoid," where a human-shaped figure appears to be nothing but green to the naked eye, but a (creepy) woman's features appear to be on the figure when the viewer is equipped with a special Head-Mounted Display unit, . The possibilities are endless -- NTT looks to bring robotics into the formula so the figure can move and interact even further. Right, move and interact. NTT's final goal for the project is to enable people to have a game of baseball with Ichiro, so it looks like they'll be at this one for a while.

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