Story by Motherboard
Long-distance relationships between lovers, friends, and families are tough. So when San Francisco-based Tatsuki Adaniya split up with his girlfriend in Japan last year, he blamed the distance.
But the virtual reality developer didn’t let heartbreak get him down for long.
Adaniya, who went to San Francisco from Japan on a one-year government scholarship, invented a “telepresence bear” that could help “transcend distance,” shrinking physical barriers between people in different places and time zones. The idea is to teleport a headset-clad person from one end of the world directly into the stuffed animal, which interacts with friends and loved ones wherever they may be.