Virtual Communications POD: Best Invention of CES 2007?

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I would be lying if I claimed that I knew exactly what this invention is about, or how it worked. But here is what I do know:

A friendly Japanese model greets you on a floating 2D display, the "POD". You are unhappy with her conservative outfit, so you place a card labeled with a maid costume on a small plate called the "Material Transfer Field". She changes her clothing (behind a shower curtain, pervs). Then you place a hamburger on the plate and watch her eat it. After she finishes, change her into a bikini...and make her eat another burger. This can go on for hours...trust us.

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These demos were RFID-spawned video loops, we believe, but the final product looks to have some sort of enhanced input capability. Apparently such technology could be used in stores to demonstrate products, or broadcast in real time advertising.

We'd like to see her "advertise" some bananas.

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From the onset of MySpace, Blog-o-Spheres gallore, to this... we're seeing a slow but inevitable "de-humanisation" of society where interaction is based less on our ability for compromise or appropriate social-behavior, but more on our ability to change our surroundings so we don't have to deal with such "complicated" attributes of...oh, what is that called.. OH YEAH.. LIFE! We get what we want, how we want it, when we want it... become essentially mental-couch-potatoes. The product does have many possibilities though so we're sure to see much progress from this thing.