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.
Relationships depend on touch — not just sex, but also casual touch (a kiss, a hug, a held hand).But it might be possible to use ‘artificial muscle‘ technology to shrink the whole operation into something more manageable, like a jacket and gloves.You can imagine adding extra peripherals for kissing or, well, canoodling.Picture a kind of hyper-efficient, technology-mediated speed dating.There’s a billion dollar startup in there somewhere.