The Amazon Echo is enough for most people, but Japan-based Vinclu has created Gatebox, a cylindrical device with a virtual Aizuma Hikari anime assistant that fulfills your requests. “The reason why we [developed] Gatebox is not because we are just pursuing entertainment or convenience. We want the characters [to] be naturally in our daily lives and spend relaxing [times] with us. ‘I want to live with my favorite character.’ We dreamed of such [a] world and we started this project,” said the company. One caveat: it’ll set you back $1,352. Continue reading for two more videos and information.
“In addition to the purchase price, owners have to pay a subscription fee of 1,500 yen (US$13.52) per month to keep their wife from getting outdated, which the firm says are ‘living expenses’. It uses microphones, cameras and sensors to detect temperature and motion – allowing her to interact with users ‘on a more personal level’, and the firm boasts the character will ‘always try her best to serve my husband.’ It also boasts a dual microphone to pick up speech,” according to The Daily Mail.