Avatar Machine

Do you ever have enough and fancy rocking up in disguise and strutting the stuff as your favourite gaming avatar?

Mark Owen played with this concept as designer in residence at the Design Museum. Avatar Machine is a wearable system which replicates the aesthetics and visuals of third person gaming, allowing the user to view themselves as a virtual character in real space via a head mounted interface. The system potentially allows for a diminished sense of social responsibility, and could lead the user to demonstrate behaviors normally reserved for the gaming environment.

This film was produced in association with the Design Museum, London as part of the 2009 Designers in Residence programme.

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