This did not just come out, it’s actually been around for a year or two. But I can only write about these things once another internet curator or Facebook friend brings it to my attention.

Here is Hatsune Miku. It (she?) is a a vocaloid, an artificially created voice (though originally using samples of a Human voice.) She’s (?) very popular in Japan, so much so that Crypton Future Media, which owns (?) her (?) got Sega to create an animated version of her (?) for a live (?) concert. Here she (?) is (?) performing (?) one of her (?) hits:

You can actually buy her (?) voice from Crypton Future Media and get her to talk or sing anything you want, in any range you want. It’s proven so popular, Crypton plans to make an English language version.

But how do you create an animation to use as your lead singer, your focal point, for an entire concert? In the above video, shot from dead-on in front of the animation, it looks pretty convincing. But take a look at this “behind the scenes” video. It becomes obvious that she’s (?) being projected on a huge glass plate. You can see the reflection of the audience in it, and for some reason, there’s a black line running along the top of it. And if you aren’t dead-on in front of it, the illusion breaks down fairly quickly.

(Sorry, embedding has been disabled for this video. Here’s the link.)

And yet, I bet this is already good enough for 12-year-olds.

So what’s the next step? Well, get a bigger piece of glass, make it less glossy, double the wattage of the projectors… that’s a start. I’m not sure what to do about the viewing angle. But then again, I don’t have a clue how 9/10ths of what you see above was done, so for all I know, the solution is already singing in someone’s lab.

Of course, there’s still the question of whether or not anyone would want to spend $60 to see her (?) perform live (?). But really, what’s the difference between an animation like this and a Human pop idol?