Remote-Control a Human? Zabosu Project Aims to Give You That Power
For every buyer, there is a seller. Want to buy a person’s time so she can do a task for you? There are now concierge apps like TaskRabbit that will connect you to a person willing to do an odd job for you right now. But that’s so impersonal. So removed. Surely technology can do better.
It may do so soon. Check out the Zabosu Kickstarter campaign, which launched today.
CEO Karl Lautman told Yahoo Tech that Zabosu is an Android app that would allow people to “rent” other people to do pretty much whatever they tell them to do. It’s similar to professional concierge services, except that with 4G cellular service, a microphone, and a smartphone camera thrown in, it enables the person paying for the service to see and hear everything that’s going on.
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The Zabosu founders refer to themselves as pioneers in what they call “human-mediated telepresence technologies and marketplaces,” a fancy way of saying, “We are responsible businesspeople and would be totally shocked if anyone thought to use this for webcam porn.”
How it works
The app allows a person known as “The Director” to “take control” of another person known as “The Actor” anywhere in the world where there is 4G cellular service.
The Actor, or remote-controlled human, streams live audio and video of his surroundings via her cellphone so the Director can see and hear everything going on.
The Director also speaks to the Actor through an earpiece. The result, according to Zabosu, is a human projection of the Director into the Actor’s surroundings.