FORGET Tinder, the launch of the first virtual girlfriend could bring about the next digital dating reboot.
A US firm is building 3D holograms of women that you can interact with using a Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality (AR) headset.
Unlike virtual reality, AR overlays graphics on a real-world environment (think Snapchat’s playful lenses).
Just slip on a headset, and a “sexy girl” will be plumped on your sofa or bed, promises 3DHoloGirlfriend.
And, in the coming weeks, you’ll be able to talk to her using voice commands, courtesy of an upcoming update.
Virtual girlfriends: A sci-fi movie trope
Sci-fi films have been dreaming up virtual women for years – these are some of the most famous examples:
- Weird Science (1985) – John Hughes directed this comedy about two misfits who design their ideal woman on a computer, only for her to be brought to life by an electrical accident
- S1mone (2002) – Al Pacino stars in this Hollywood satire about a producer who creates the first believable synthetic actress
- Her (2013) – This Oscar-winning film sees a heartbroken divorcee (played by Joaquin Phoenix) fall in love with a digital assistant
- Blade Runner 2049 (2017) – Ryan Gosling cosies up to an AI girlfriend in the big-budget sequel to the ’80s cult classic sci-fi.
Virtual reality porn has already opened the floodgates to more immersive adult experiences.
Smut sites like PornHub and VRPorn.com (which describes itself as the “Netflix of VR Porn”) already boast hundreds of adult videos filmed in the nascent format.
And, some of the kinky clips even synchronise with interactive sex toys to mimic the onscreen action.
3DHolographicGirlfriend thinks its virtual companions are the next big thing in adult entertainment.
But there are limitations to the sexy AR tech, which is currently in its test phase.
There are presently only four character models available to users, according to the company’s website.
And though they encompass a range of ethnicities, they all look, well, virtual.
So don’t go expecting a lifelike AI girlfriend in the vein of Joi from Blade Runner 2049.
But 3DHoloGirlfriend claims more virtual girls, built with user feedback, will regularly be added to its line-up.
The firm’s long-term plans also include throwing AI into the mix, making the girls smarter in “both sexual and non-sexual ways”.
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There’s also the issue of accessibility – the software is only available on pricey Microsoft HoloLens headsets, including the $1,495 (£1077) Meta 2.
3DHoloGirlfriend claims the app will also be downloadable on the upcoming Magic Leap headset: a mysterious AR tech that’s due to be released at some point this year.