I have seen my fair share of geeky stuff on the Internet but the Virtual Girlfriend definitely makes it straight to the top. Geeks don't have girlfriends, that's what people believe and while it sometimes may be true it more often than not is not, except for gay geeks maybe who tend to have boyfriends instead. (sidenote: wow there is even a website with that name but no content yet)
If you do not have a girlfriend yet you probably dislike sleeping alone. While it definitely has some advantages most people prefer the historical two humans per bed approach. If you are one human short you can instead try the virtual approach which adds a virtual girlfriend to your bed that responds to your reactions.
If you lie on the back for example she snuggles up next to you, lie on the side and the spoons on you. The only difficulty so far is that she only exists in 2D which means that you cannot feel her at all.
INBED is what Drew Burrows called his invention which makes use of infrared sensors. I'm not sure if his invention will be that successful because it lacks the somatic sensation.
On the plus side of things though, it appears that you can program the bed companion to look like the person you always wanted to be with. If you are into celebrities, why not wake up next o Angelina Jolie or Kirsten Dunst, or if you are female, Brad Pitt or David Beckham?Advertisement
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