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Start-up wants to remote control humans

December 5, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Caitlin Dewey /

At first glance - and even second or third or fourth - Omnipresenz sounds like it belongs in a sci-fi movie, not on a crowdfunding site.


The Spanish start-up, quickly dubbed "The Sims for real life" by many a skeptical media outlet, claims to be working toward a world in which experiencing life in Barcelona or Seoul or Timbuktu is as easy as going online and hooking up with a human "avatar".

But to get to that rosy-eyed point - to "begin to feel that we are one," as Omnipresenz's marketing puts it - Omnipresenz will need to raise �33,000, or about NZ$52,535, on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo.

Omnipresenz | Indiegogo from Omnipresenz on Vimeo.

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