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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Ever feel like you're living in a Fellini film?

Leave it to the Germans to come up with this invention: designer Stefan Ulrich has created "a conceptual shape-changing object to relieve loneliness, using artificial muscle technology."

Ulrich forsees a time when "people will turn to robots for the illusion of a living presence to satisfy their emotional needs."

Ulrich's invention, the "Funktionide", is "an amorph object whose intention is to provide the owner with an atmosphere of presence thus counteracting the feeling of loneliness. In the visions future people are lonely and with all the new dimensions products offer, humans will eventually turn to “robots” for emotional satisfaction."

Okaaaay ........

Here's a video of the Funktionide in action:

Funktionide Part II from eltopo on Vimeo.



Philanthropist said...

That's creepy and sad.

zeppo said...

So creepy I was creeped out about half way through; I didn't watch the whole thing.