Cities test for intimacy device
A couple living apart in Edinburgh and London are to try out new bedroom technology designed for people in long-distance relationships.
Moray-based Distance Lab believes Mutsugoto to be more intimate than e-mail messaging, phone, or text. Using cameras, artificial lights and computers, the device allows couples to ‘draw’ on each other in beams of light.
Mutsugoto has been in development for about two years by the Forres-based company, and involves artist Tomoko Hayashi.
Couples wear touch-activated rings visible to a camera. Their movements are tracked and translated into beams of light projected onto the bed or body of their partner.
Dr Stefan Agamanolis, chief executive and research director at Distance Lab, said: ‘Statistics show that long distance relationships are more and more common.
‘This project is a reaction to mobile phones, e-mail, chat programs and other common modes of communication that couples will often have trouble with because they are very impersonal, generic, and steal away any sense of intimacy or closeness they might feel.’