Gatebox Holographic Assistant Makes Siri and Alexa Look Obsolete
Holograms are cool in any context, and the Gatebox's adorable Japanese virtual assistant makes Alexa and Siri seem lame by comparison. The Gatebox features the same voice command and smart home integration for which Amazon and Apple's assistants are famous. Unlike them, Gatebox adds a hologram "tank" which can display an avatar that represents the virtual assistant.
The Gatebox is being marketed as a "virtual wife" for men who live alone. The pre-installed holographic assistant is named Azuma Kikari, and she has a backstory, likes and dislikes, and the desire to serve her "husband." You can read more about Azuma over on Gatebox's official website.
While some people might think the Gatebox is creepy, I heartily disagree. For those suffering from depression and loneliness, this little holographic anime girl might be the difference between a bright or gloomy day. Additionally, it's just an excellent piece of equipment and another step towards the future of virtual assistant technology.
Getting your hands on the Gatebox is going to be a little pricey. The holographic virtual assistant is available for pre-order for 321,840 yen, which is around $2,725 USD. That's a small price to pay if you want to own the cutting edge of technology, though.