According to Mark Frauenfelder at BoingBoing:
I thought it was a trailer for a movie, but this is a real product. It’s advertised as a virtual wife for men who live alone.
Gatebox is a holographic home “robot” in the vein of Siri or Alexa. It’s basically a 3D cosplay character that says nice things to you and can be programmed to automate your home. It comes pre-installed with a character named Azuma Kikari. She’s 20 years old, likes donuts, and dislikes insects. She says her role is “healing character supporting living alone. I always try my best to serve my husband.”…
Yeah, I assume there will be a porn version available, if there isn’t already.
I feel about these ‘virtual assistants’ the way I feel about RealDolls: Anybody who’s willing to pay for one is probably better off with ‘her’ than otherwise, bless their hearts. And even if this becomes a fad, at least we won’t have to worry about setting up rescue shelters for cosplay characters abandoned like last year’s chic purse puppy or exotic pet!
Apart from the latest in lifestyle gifts, what’s on the agenda as we start the weekend?