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An enterprising engineer has tinkered with the Oculus Rift, a head-mounted virtual reality device, to make it possible to kiss Hatsune Miku… or at least, a CGI version of her. By attaching infrared sensors to each side of the device, the engineer made it possible to communicate with the Wii remote’s infrared sensor bar. Four infrared lights attached to each corner of the device track your head movements. Two servomoters beneath the device let Miku’s face move in tandem with yours. And as for her lips… those are approximated by a gummy replica between the motors.

As the video demonstrates, Miku is shy and awkward at first, and you have the option to go for the cheek if you’re too timid to kiss her on the lips right away. And it is possible to mess virtual kissing up, too — if you come in too strong, you’ll hit Miku’s teeth and annoy her. But luckily, if you kiss well, she’ll be happy.

Miku’s vast popularity has spurred several other attempts to use virtual reality devices to mimic actual interaction with her, including sleeping next to her and using the Power Glove to touch her.

[Via Hachima Kikou]

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