A Kinect-like device combined with augmented reality goggles makes for a surreal virtual date.

A Kinect-like device combined with augmented reality goggles makes for a surreal virtual date, as demonstrated in a YouTube video posted this month by an unidentified engineer from Japan. After hacking together a system using the ASUS Xtion PRO and AR goggles, this man was able to go on a date with J-pop “star” Hatsune Miku, a singing synthesizer application whose crowdsourced songs have earned global fans. The video shows the YouTuber strolling through a park with Miku, who fits nearly seamlessly into the real-world environment, and demonstrating the possibilities for interaction, highlighting how Miku responds to a gentle pat on her virtual head and a stronger bop.

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Aside from the obvious X-rated possibilities here, this application of the technology has intriguing potential for further meshing the virtual into our physical worlds, from video games and tour guides to training tutorials.