Semi Ryu, associate professor of Kinetic Imaging, developed interactive technology using virtual puppets to help older adults tell their stories through ageless bodies.
“I was always curious about users’ psyche…,” Ryu said. “What kind of psychological relationship is possible between the user and avatar? That has been my primary research focus for a long time — more than 10 years. It seems to me it’s such a different experience when I talk with or without ‘puppet me.’ [With the puppet], the puppet is speaking to me and so a different part of myself is emerging during the process of storytelling.”
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