Infrared sensors on the sides of the screen, which can be set up either vertically or horizontally, will detect user hand movement and trigger a response in the image, such as an animated girl giggling. The system sells for about $540 in Japan.
Users can experience the "feel" of light rain or a downpour on the umbrella by grasping the handle. Also in the simulation program are the feel of falling ping-pong balls, spaghetti, and plastic worms.
Despite a resolution of only 96 x 128 pixels, the photographs and CG images shown, such as a woman's head and the Earth, appear detailed. See a video from IDG here.
Sony has no immediate plans to commercialize the prototype.
One of 4C's scenarios involved a customer at a hostess club in Japan falling for his lovely hostess and then discovering that she's an android. The ironic tale drew some laughs from the crowd.
4C didn't walk around the stage--probably because it wasn't specially prepared to be completely flat. She was confined to a stand but still wowed visitors at the Digital Content Expo over the weekend.