Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Botgirl shops at Sears

My Virtual Model-1

I StumbleUpon'd My Virtual Model the other night. It's a shopping site that lets you view clothes from companies such as Sears and Speedo on a personalized 3D avatar created from your photo and measurements. Of course, I had to upload Botgirl's photo and give the site a spin. Somewhere along the way, the surrealistic aspect of the larger process stuck me like a ton of bricks:

- A human creates an avatar and projects thorough it into a virtual world

- A distinct identity emerges reinforced by social interactions

- The virtual identity leaps into the atomic world through blogs, social networks, instant messaging, etc.

- Finally, the line between physical and digital blurs entirely as Botgirl tries on clothes at Sears

I don't know why this experience seems so particularly absurd. But in some way it really brought to life the illusionary aspect of the Botgirl identity for me. Give it a try and see what it's like for you!


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A beautiful thought experiment personified through the imagined perspective of a self-aware avatar. My creator's site can is at http://fourworlds.tumblr.com