Minority Report-like avatar coming to New York airports

Remember those virtual people in Minority Report who "talked" to Tom Cruise when he went into the clothing store? Well, travelers who use New York City's three major commercial airports will soon see something very similar. New York City's Port Authority announced this week that these "virtual customer care representatives" will be put into terminals in the LaGuardia, Newark and JFK airports sometime in early July.

The press release states, "This is the first time this technology will be used at an airport in North America, and the computerized, hologram-like avatars will provide automated, basic information to travelers ..." The Associated Press reports that the five of these avatar units, which cost $250,000 each, will be installed. The city will rent them for $180,000 for six months.

You can see a demo of what the avatar will look like in the video above. WYNC.com reports that these "virtual customer care representatives" will activate when a person approaches the unit. The avatar will then offer up flight information along with info on how to get a shuttle bus or taxi once you leave the terminal. Sorry, these first generation units are not interactive but you can bet that kind of support will come in future versions.

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JFK is a horrible airport. They should spend their money on at least cleaning that place up before they get avatars.

Apparantly this is/has already been trialled in some Asda's here in the UK it features a holographic assistant offering price deals, at least according to ITV News a few weeks ago. Don't have a link, just saw it on TV.

five of these avatar units, which cost $250,000 each, will be installed. The city will rent them for $180,000 for six months.....

Or they could hire an actual human.... sigh

marinejld said,
five of these avatar units, which cost $250,000 each, will be installed. The city will rent them for $180,000 for six months.....

Or they could hire an actual human.... sigh

There goes more american jobs =\

david said,

There goes more american jobs =\

efficiency has always been bad for the economy.

The way to fix unemployment is to outlaw technology. Get people plowing fields with horses again.

Welcome. I am Avina, your virtual tour guide.
...
Be advised that your inquiry has been forwarded to Citadel Security. If approached by uniformed officers, please cooperate fully.

Phouchg said,
Welcome. I am Avina, your virtual tour guide.
...
Be advised that your inquiry has been forwarded to Citadel Security. If approached by uniformed officers, please cooperate fully.

not unless you wear a lamp hat, in which case you will be chased by quarians and turians alike

yeah, hope they have a hot chick ... I smell some hacks ... VR here I come .... fap fap fap fap ... you know it is going that way, so don't deny it, embrace you hologram ...

zeta_immersion said,
yeah, hope they have a hot chick ... I smell some hacks ... VR here I come .... fap fap fap fap ... you know it is going that way, so don't deny it, embrace you hologram ...

I prefer round boobs not square boobs

Ently said,

I prefer round boobs not square boobs

AA my friend .. + some other nifty things to smooth out the edges ... imagine, bing able to zoom .... .... oh the possibilities with holograms and fleshlights ... course' would not know anything about that .... trademark/copyright idea

If the unit isn't interactive I don't see the value over a regular LCD showing flight data. What a waste of money.