Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Teaching Geeks to make Eye Contact


Only in Japan would you find a DVD designed to help nerds practice making eye contact with other humans.

"I think the Japanese are shy people compare to Americans," says Yosuke Ito, creator of Miterudake (literally, "just looking"). "I'm not 100 percent sure you can overcome shyness with this DVD but I hope it helps somehow."

His disc features 50 people standing in front of a blank white background. They're all women, which Ito swears is just a coincidence. They stare into the camera and occasionally say stuff like "I want to leave" or "That's enough."

There are elderly ladies, pretty girls, foreign women, children and even twins to gaze at. The idea is that once geeks build up confidence by making eye contact with the 2-D ladies on the DVD, they can then venture into the meatspace world.