You may remember that last year a Japanese company – Gatebox – revealed their answer to Siri and the Amazon Echo, and it was typically…Japanese. Azuma Hikari is a beautiful 3D holographic anime girl that can not only be a virtual assistant, but also the dream companion for lonely single Japanese men (who make up 70% of Japanese men).
I found a lengthy and revealing review of the device on YouTube (in two parts).
Also a video from the company behind the virtual assistant :
And an article expressing fears that such virtual girls might make Japan’s demographic crisis even worse.
You can order Azuma Hikari from Japan for around $2,700, but she appears to be sold out.