If you have played any of the Mass Effect games to the point of reaching the Citadel, you likely have some sort of memory of Avina, the VI (Virtual Intelligence) in charge of guiding newcomers to the wonders of the Citadel. Maybe you’ve wondered why this type of technology hasn’t made an appearance in the real world. Well wonder no more:

That is a demonstration on a new type of “computerized, hologram-like avatar” that is going into use this July at LaGuardia, Newark and JFK airports in North America. The avatar is fairly basic in what it does, providing information to travelers during busy seasons, but still it’s an impressive leap forward in possible customer care and bitchin’ Mass Effect like technology.

For more information head on over to Techland at Time Magazine’s website.