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ChameleonMask is a wearable communication technology via a video-based face mask. Remote users transit live broadcast of their face, similar to other video chat applications like Skype and Apple FaceTime, while a present surrogate wears the mask, leading some to refer to it as a "Human Uber."
On April 6th, 2015, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) released a video introdcution to ChameleonMask entitled "ChameleonMask: Embodied Physical and Social Telepresence using human surrogates." The post received more than 47,000 views (shown below).
Later that month, on April 20th, Twitter user @k_garten tweeted a "Live demo of ChameleonMask #telepresence #chi2015" (shown below, left).
On January 30th, 2018, at the EmTech Asia conference, the device was introduced by Jun Rekimotom, the device's inventor. The EmTech Asia's Twitter account tweeted an image of the introduction (shown below, center)
MIT Tech Review writer Will Knight"tweeted":/memes/sites/twitter/  a photograph of the device with the caption, "“Human Uber,” developed in Japan, provides a way to attend events remotely using another person’s body. “It’s surprisingly natural” says its inventor, Jin Rekimoto of Sony #emtechasia." The tweet received more than 9,100 retweets and 13,000 likes in less than one year (shown below, right).
On February 15th, 2018, Vice published a negative review of the system, which they called "terrible." They wrote:
"The iPad over the face of the Human Uber that I've sent into work today as my surrogate is our broke-ass DIY attempt at ChameleonMask, and visually speaking, it’s pretty spot on. ChameleonMask, after all, is basically just an iPad over a face, by any means necessary. The only flaw in our version's design is that it is nearly impossible for the surrogate to see, what with his face stuffed behind a computer and all."
"After the first hour, all I’ve done is walk him through turning on my computer and logging into all the accounts I need to do my job (email, Slack, Chartbeat, VICE’s CMS, Twitter), a process that usually takes a few short minutes. Just finding this doc today took nearly half an hour."
 New York Magazine – ‘Human Uber’ Lets You Replace Yourself With a Rube With an iPad Strapped to His Face
 Twitter – @willknight's Tweet
 Twitter – @EmTechAsia's Tweet
 Twitter – @k_garten's Tweet
 Vice – I Used a 'Human Uber' Surrogate to Do My Job for Me
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