All of this could happen without the two of you being anywhere near each other.
You could go on a date with someone in France or China.
The lack of these things is one of the primary contributors to the demise of long term relationships. Conveying touch over the Internet is something that people have put a lot of work into over the years, although none of it measures up to the standard set by virtual reality glasses.
There’s a jacket that can simulate the pressure of a hug.
and strain sensors to capture the pose of the face from within a head mounted display (see the video below). While there’s still some work to be done in terms of accuracy and form factor and eliminating the calibration step, this stuff could easily make its way into consumer products in a hardware generation or two. Maybe you’d both look a little cartoonish, but your partner would feel very real — and every gesture and tiny facial expression would be there.
Contrary to current fears, VR may prove to be the most social technology in human history. Aside from the fact that you might be on the moon, there’d be very little to remind you that you weren’t physically there.
This is a pretty big deal already, but let’s take it a step farther.
There are terrifying armatures that can provide full force feedback to your hands (and, yes, they can simulate boobs).There’s been serious work done on that problem, too.A number of sex toy makers have started developing computer-controlled sex toys that can be linked to other sex toys via the Internet.In one sense, VR is the holy grail of communication technology — something that can convince your lizard brain that it’s in the same room as another person.Ultimately, all of the little nuances that gives face-to-face communication special power can be recorded and transmitted.