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TOKYO — The next wave of animatronics is on the horizon. The Avatar XPRIZE challenge, sponsored by Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA), is currently underway and will conclude in 2022 with a “no limits” Olympic-type competition. The challenge asks teams to come up a means to instantaneous and limitless transportation to further expand the reaches of communication. A prize of million will be awarded to the winning team that can develop a system that teleports one’s consciousness into a physical avatar body, which will enable people to instantly be in multiple places at once. Professor Susumu Tachi from the University of Tokyo’s Tachi Lab has already demonstrated a workable avatar called the Telesar V, which stands for Telexistence Surrogate Anthropomorphic Robot. The bare-bones avatar was synced to one of Tachi’s students and interacted with the professor during a recent demonstration. Hiroshi Ishiguro from Osaka University’s Intelligent Robotics Laboratory also recently presented his robot. The robot, named “U,” was dressed as a flight attendant and appeared rather lifelike. U was even capable of making facial expressions and smiled during the demonstration. XPRIZE and ANA hope that the challenge will give birth new ways of traveling, allowing people to not only experience new areas without the time spent on commuting, but to also be able to conduct business, according to the competition’s official website. In 2022, each team’s avatar will compete in the Avatar Games, by conducting a series of activities based on different jobs. For example, they will act as a caretaker and push a wheelchair; shake hands as a public speaker, and play tennis against a trained athlete. ----------------------------------------­--------------------- Welcome to TomoNews, where we animate the most entertaining news on the internets. Come here for an animated look at viral headlines, US news, celebrity gossip, salacious scandals, dumb criminals and much more! Subscribe now for daily news animations that will knock your socks off. Visit our official website for all the latest, uncensored videos: http://us.tomonews.com Check out our Android app: http://bit.ly/1rddhCj Check out our iOS app: http://bit.ly/1gO3z1f Get top stories delivered to your inbox everyday: http://bit.ly/tomo-newsletter See a story that should be animated? Tell us about it! Suggest a story here: http://bit.ly/suggest-tomonews Stay connected with us here: Facebook http://www.facebook.com/TomoNewsUS Twitter @tomonewsus http://www.twitter.com/TomoNewsUS Google+ http://plus.google.com/+TomoNewsUS/ Instagram @tomonewsus http://instagram.com/tomonewsus Avatar XPRIZE challenge: m competition aims to make avatars a reality - TomoNews watch online video.

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