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You can now buy a holographic 'wife' in Japan


Posted on Saturday, 18 August, 2018 | Comment icon 22 comments

The unit has been targeted at 'single men who live alone'. Image Credit: YouTube / Gatebox Labs
The Gatebox virtual assistant takes the form of a holographic anime girl who you can interact with.
Voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Apple Siri have become increasingly popular in recent years, but now one Japanese company has taken things one step further by transitioning from a purely voice-based system to one that you can practically have a relationship with.

Originally only available in a limited capacity to customers who placed a pre-order, the Gatebox virtual assistant appears as a holographic anime girl named Hikari Azuma.

In addition to responding to voice commands, Azuma is capable of recognizing her owner's face, controlling various 'smart' devices around the home and can even send text messages.

According to Gatebox, she has been designed to interactive "on a more personal level".

"Hikari Azuma is a character with a comforting charm," the firm stated. "Hikari Azuma will grow to be the user's ideal wife after further updates."

Currently only available in Japan, the unit can be purchased for 150,000 yen ($1,339).


Source: Kotaku | Comments (22)

Tags: Gatebox, Japan, Anime

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #13 Posted by GlitterRose on 19 August, 2018, 16:29
Virtual schmirtual. I want something that can fix stuff and take out the trash.
Comment icon #14 Posted by GlitterRose on 19 August, 2018, 16:34
Imagine if it could fix the roof? That thing would pay for itself in no time.
Comment icon #15 Posted by third_eye on 19 August, 2018, 16:40
~ ~ Holograph and virtual kinda goes hand in hand, the systems now are decent enough to be indecent I should say ... what you want is ... Ta Daaaa !!! ~     [00.00:34] ~  
Comment icon #16 Posted by paperdyer on 20 August, 2018, 11:42
Can I have Caroline Munro, in her prime, as mine? (Sorry at work so I can't attach a pic.) You can Google her.  I'm sure our UK friends may know her.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Orphalesion on 20 August, 2018, 15:54
And where are the digital husbands?! Joking aside I gotta say that some part of me finds this pretty scary. Another part of me finds it sensible. And another sort of sad. And another is now exited about the idea of something like holodecs, just for the story telling possibilities.
Comment icon #18 Posted by third_eye on 20 August, 2018, 23:43
I am already all digital if not totally binary, practically virtual, one might say ~
Comment icon #19 Posted by Black Red Devil on 21 August, 2018, 0:03
Don't think they've invented a pretty three-eyed holographic mademoiselle for you yet.  Maybe in version 2.0.
Comment icon #20 Posted by ETXKiowa on 23 August, 2018, 1:49
1k+ for a virtual??? That is way cheaper than the real thing. Too bad she can't make a sandwhich....or mow the yard.....
Comment icon #21 Posted by Mark One on 23 August, 2018, 9:34
I bet they wont invent mother-inlaw robot (like all their other rubber skinned droids that all run for about 10 minutes and then need a 40 hour charge) But unlike China, (who seem to copy anything not nailed down) at least Japan tries out new ideas - even if they do often go over the top.  
Comment icon #22 Posted by MWoo7 on 23 August, 2018, 14:28
Agree, I also have to say ((with capitals) ALWAYS! polite and cordial and always trying other ways than what's in the lab oh and PUNCTUAL! in capitals and yes here and there an odd one but what place is absolutely perfect on this rock eh!?!?!


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