Japanese Company Works To Create Your Holographic Virtual Personal Assistant
Have you ever wanted one of those cool virtual assistants that they often show in Sci-Fi shows? Well, soon you may be able to order one of your very own. However, they will be more…well…anime.
Which is awesome as far as we are concerned! While Tony Stark may have Jarvis, an AI by the name of Azuma Hikari has recently featured in a promotional video for Gatebox, a product currently in development by an enterprising Japanese company.
So, what do you think? Is this something that interests you, or do you think something like that would be merely a pointless novelty? Find the details below the break, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Established in 2014, Japanese startup vinclu Inc. is still quite young, but they’re certainly ambitious — the company just released a concept video for their hologram assistant, Gatebox, interacting with a young businessman.
Azuma Hikari, the character in the Gatebox, will talk to users, waking them up in the morning and greeting them when they come home at night. Gatebox is also designed to connect to Internet of Things (IoT) devices in your house, so you can control everything from you high-tech bath to your TV just by talking to Azuma. She can also connect to the Internet and let you know stuff like how the weather is.
The hologram device will also apparently have sensors so it can better communicate with you — and it looks like vinclu is setting up some server-side technology to handle artificial intelligence as well.
Nevertheless, Gatebox probably won’t be something you buy to better control your IoT devices — Amazon’s Echo can already do that well enough, for example. The selling point for Gatebox looks to be the hologram display and the character that lives within it, which, we have to admit, could add a fun dynamic to what is basically a really nifty remote control. Of course, unlike a remote control, Azuma will actually have a personality of sorts.
You can’t buy Gatebox yet, but it looks like the company is planning to offer them via crowdfunding preorders later this year.