By Evan Ackerman
Sometimes, being a geek can be lonely. Especially if you’re a grad student (or a blogger). I can therefore entirely understand Drew Burrows’ reasons for creating INBED, an interactive virtual girlfriend. Climb into bed with her, and she’ll snuggle up against you, and if you lie on your side, she’ll spoon. The only downside (besides her proclivity for sleeping fully dressed) is that she’s entirely two dimensional, projected from the ceiling. Infrared sensors watch the real person in the bed, altering the position of the projection. She’s even able to react to kisses buy burying her virtual face in a virtual pillow. Cute, but is it fulfilling? I suppose it might be better than nothing.
Of course, you have to ask yourself how much time the poor guy spent getting this to work… Time which could perhaps have been better spent trying to find himself a fully 3D girlfriend.