Gatebox is a $2700 holographic cosplay assistant

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."

It costs 321,840 yen (about US$2725) and is available for pre-order now.

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  1. This is just so sad, the way it hijacks our natural response to human interaction and being needed, making us imagine that we're fulfilled when we're just talking to a gimmick.

    I want one.

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