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Avatar Machine Gives User Third Person View In Real World

by Annette Gonzalez on Nov 30, 2009 at 07:38 AM

Imagine if you could perform daily activities from a third person view watching everything you do every step of the way. With the Avatar Machine created by Marc Owens, you can actually get a third person view of the world around you.

“Avatar Machine is a system which replicates the aesthetics and visuals of third person gaming, allowing the user to view themselves as a virtual character in real space via a head-mounted interface,” says Owens' Vimeo page.

The machine is a VR suit constructed with a camera that hovers behind the user. This camera gives the user a third person view of the world that can be seen through the suit’s headset. It also seems to have gotten an overhaul from the puffy suit iterations seen before. Check out the video here.

Owens' site says that the Avatar Machine “potentially allows for a diminished sense of social responsibility and could lead the user to demonstrate behaviors normally reserved for the gaming environment.” If you had access to this suit, what would you do (other than look ridiculous)?