The age of embedded artificial intelligence is upon us with the latest example being a helpful 3D guide called Mei-Chan.
Developed by the Nagoya Institute of Technology to assist students and visitors making their way around the campus, Mei-Chan is a life-sized animated character that not only delivers helpful directions, but does so with human gestures and multimedia tools such as interactive maps. Users can simply step up to the construct, speak into its microphone and begin receiving information. The 2002 Guy Pierce film The Time Machine gave a us look at what this kind of thing could look like with Orlando Jones playing a snippy 2030 museum docent. If current trends hold, by 2030 tools like Mei-Chan will have evolved from anime cute to hyper-realistic just like the film.
Via IT Media