What would it be like if you could see your self through the eyes of another, and let them see themselves through yours? Be able to talk to them, and them back to you. Overlap with another’s conscience. Take a subjective point of view.
Would this help us connect better with one another? Encourage empathy? Trust? See a little bit more of our selves in each other?
Are two heads better than one?
Ume is virtual sensory overlap experience that attempts to answer those questions and much much more.
How does it work?
Designed to be used in conjunction with a mobile phone and a virtual reality head set – such as the Google cardboard – Ume finds and connects users via their geolocation and search tags, overlapping their visual and auditory streams to create a body swap like experience – it swaps the stream of your visual feed, your point of view, with that of someone else, and vise versa.
It lets you teleport into someone else’s head. Whether you are in the same room or on the other- side of the world. Exchange points of view. Embody each other two people essentially becoming one.
It's a taste of the future – the next-next generation of everything. A platform that potentially redefines interaction, entertainment, art, social science with emphasis on intimate and immersive person to person communication and realtime collaboration.
What's revolutionary is that this is now accessible to anyone with a 5”+ phone, an internet connection and cardboard VR unit starting at a price of just £10*.
The Ume 'overlap' experience is defined by you – the user. Everything old can be new again when seen through someone else’s point of view.
It’s open ended. We are looking into the future of VR and building tools that let you define it's purpose.
It’s intimate – when overlapped only you can see what they see. There's no face, just a point of view.
Here are some ideas to encourage you to get started. This is just the tip of the iceberg – feel free to create your own and share your ideas with others!