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There's a frame with a glass window behind which is an
alcove holding a marble bust.
You walk up to it and say "Hey marble bust. What's
to which is says: "Nothing much. What's cooking' with you?"
possibly something clever. The lips move, the expression
changes, the eyes open
and close. It's real marble, not
The way it's done is there are actually dozens or even
hundreds of busts arrayed behind the wall that each
represent frames of the model talking and making different
expressions. Each bust view is lined up with the viewing
window via mirrors and lenses. The trick is that they can
be viewed when there's a light shining on them and they're
in the dark unless that particular bust's light array is
way glass that works when the people on the viewing side
have the lights off, but they appear when the lights are
turned on in that room.
So a program hears the viewer say something into the mic
below the frame, then with off the shelf voice
recognition/response technology comes up with something
say. It then synthesizes the voiced response and flashes
momentary illumination on the correct sequence of faces
correspond to the vocal synthesizer to make it appear as if
single face is talking. An O sound being spoken would
lights to illuminate the face making an O sound for the
appropriate amount of time. An E sound lights up the E
Put it in a booth and charge a buck or so to talk to a statue.
Stick it in an amusement arcade, haunted house, that sort
I put it under "product:mirror" because it would be sort of
like the magic mirror from Snow White. Plus there's no
talking statue category.
P.S. Of course you could drop the interactive part, but a
talking statue is one thing, a conversing statue would be
that much cooler.
||This is either genius or ingenious.
||When nobody converses with it, does it waste any
time simply looking stoned?
||Smells expensive. How many busts? aeiouy 10?
||plus 10 mirrors, 10 lights, light adsorbing curtains and cubicles, controls, part time operator maintainer.
||Maybe just a flat marble wall next to the elevator that talks / distracts folks waiting.
||honey, you look marlbelous.
||One rotating mirror should be all you need.
||I thought of that. Flickkery and limited to what you
could fit into the 360 degrees around the mirror.
||This would have no gaps between frame views. One
set of lights would go on exactly when another set of
lights went off.
||With a little extra effort, and by a little I mean a lot,
you could have a 3d effect where you could actually
look at it from different angles using a concave
||Would the *O sound* sound like a Big O?
||We have an automotive supply store in California
called "Big O Tires". They opened in the early 1920s
before "big O" took on another meaning. Although a
good advertising agency might be able to use that to
their advantage, it's one of those unfortunate
coincidences like "Big Wiener" hot dogs or "Cut The
Cheese" dairy products.
||Smells of Haunted Mansion.
I like that it would be doable with 40s technology.
||The scarier the better. Lincoln for instance would be
kind of boring. "Hey Abe, still got the hat I see."
"Yea, yea, kind of my trademark."
||"Cool, cool. Ok, gonna go buy some cotton candy
now. Thanks, good job freeing the slaves by the way."
||You know, a hall full of these things a-la jars full of
famous President's heads from Futurama might be
interesting. Presidents would be boring though. I'd
want to talk to someone more interesting, like Satan
Get his side of the story. Maybe even have some fun
with them. "Hey Satan, I just got back from talking to
the James Polk statue. He called you a pussy!"