Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Go on a date with Hatsune Miku, then wear her skin as a hat

Falling in love with a virtual pop star like Hatsune Miku is a dangerous business. No matter what your parents might say, the logistics of bringing her into the real world (or digitizing yourself into hers) are mind-bogglingly difficult.

Despite these concerns, an intrepid Japanese man made it happen by cannibalizing his Kinect and a pair of HUD goggles. After sprinkling in a bit of an augmented reality program, he filmed the fruits of his labor which follow below.

... but before we get to that, there's an important question to be asked. If you should you have the opportunity to actually go on a date with Hatsune Miku, what would you do to impress her?

The answer is simple: show up to her door wearing a creepy plastic mask of her face!

I somehow doubt that Anonymous will be in a rush to replace their Guy Fawkes masks with these any time soon

These masks are being sold throughout Japan at summer Tanabata festivals and can be yours (assuming you have a friend in Japan) for $10. An extra special creepy unpainted Miku Mask is also available for the more economical price of $6.00, plus a few nights of sleep.

Back to the augmented reality Miku date! Skip to the 1:00 minute mark of the video below to see the man take a life size AR Miku through the park and hide her behind a tree. Skip to the 2:07 mark to see him pat, and then bop, her on the head.

...and skip to 2:58 to see Japanese male stereotypes on display.

Attempts to bring Miku into the real world via gaming consoles are by no means new, but the AR reactions that this man put into the program are pretty impressive. I'd like to think that I'd be above fondling an AR Miku, but it might be worth the pervert points to see that pissed off face in person.