Being single in the digital age

Being single in the digital age

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Meet Azuma Hikari, your new virtual girlfriend.

It’s a known fact the the japanese have always been on the edge when it comes to adopting new trends and creating them. Combine that with their constant technology leaps, obsession (verging on madness) with anime and you get Azuma, the first virtual girlfriend/home assistant.

It’s about the size of an 8-inch by 11-inch piece of paper, according to Vinclu. And there’s a good reason for that: The device is intended to be “big enough for you to be able to put right beside you.” You’ll understand why you’d want a Gatebox so close soon enough. The Gatebox has a microphone and a camera because you operate it using your voice.

For now, it will respond only to Japanese; the company making Gatebox says it’s exploring other language options. Considering that preorder units are available for both Japan and the US, we’d guess that an English-language option is in the works.

On the Gatebox official site, translated from Japanese, the product’s vision is described as such:

“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.”

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