Tuesday, May 20, 2008

So sad. So very, very sad.

A grad student at NYU is lonely. He comes home at the end of a trying day to an empty apartment, and forelornely heats up his ramen noodles in his hot pot and eats them on the futon in front of the tv. He looks at his empty bed, dreading crawling under the covers alone. Again.

So, what's our lonely grad student to do? Well, program a bedmate, of course. Drew Burrows taped a friend of his sleeping (consentually), and programed the video to loop. Then he set up a projector to, well, project the looped video onto his mattress, so when he comes home from a long day, he can walk in the door and see someone already asleep in bed. Granted, she's two dimensional, but give the guy a break. He could always put a body pillow there and project her onto it, so he has something to cuddle. Plus, the video looped woman turns over after a while, so it's not entirely like sleeping with a two-dimensional corpse. Or a projection. Well...er...

Burrow's "Virtual Dreamgirl" is currently on display at the Tisch School of the Arts, in an exhibit called "In Bed". And in case you're wondering...yes ladies. He's single.

Dude, I could totally see it. Let's say you decide to tak pity on him and date him, right? And you fall asleep in his bed, only to be woken up in the middle of the night by having him hover over you, dvr in hand, so that you can become his next virtual bedmate. Creepy.

Full story here.