Advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy's Amsterdam office is hosting a virtual holiday meal with humanoid robot dolls.
Here's how it works according to The Los Angeles Times: You reserve 30 minutes of table time at virtualholidaydinner.com and at the appointed time you and four friends or co-workers or family members, or strangers -- all call into the dinner via Skype where your heads will appear on flat screens that sit on top the robot doll bodies. The company, known for its work with Nike, has employed facial tracking software so that if you turn your head at home, your virtual robot doll also turns his or her head. The room that the dolls are sitting in has been elaborately decorated to add to the holiday spirit.
There are three scripts for the dinner (in case you run out of things to say, I guess). The lines to the script appear on participants computer screens karaoke style.
The Times found someone who had participated in one of these dinners. "It's totally awkward," she said. "It's funny, but it's also super awkward. First of all you are on a robot doll, so it is kind of weird, but I think once you get started with the script it's hilarious and then once it's over it's super awkward again."
Just like most holiday parties, I suppose.