“Waifu-in-a-box” holographic Internet-of-Things devices pre-orders are now accepted!
Gatebox has introduced an Internet-of-Things device system which provides a holographic anime to interact with. Creepy or innovative? That’s for you to decide.
What’s so great???
The device is made by a Japanese company called Vinclu which aptly means ‘a company that makes crazy things that support crazy people’. Currently, the company is taking pre-orders for this device which costs Japanese ¥321,840/ US$ 2,700. As high as it sounds, this does provide a new competition against existing IoT devices Amazon Alexa and Google Home.While these devices do provide voice interaction, Gatebox projects a 3D interactive character within the device itself, therefore separating itself from the competition. As of now, the pre-orders are coming in from Japan and the United States.
Apart from physical interaction, the user can also communicate with the via a smartphone. The brilliant-yet-creepy part is that the anime character responds typically to what anime enthusiasts would like to experience in the real world. The unit itself can be easily mistaken for a coffee machine until somebody takes a closer look. The following concept videos gives an excellent idea of Gatebox’s potential:
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Gatebox provides an animated persona of your choice and responds to voice interactions. The company released an advertisement which directly targets the intended audience.Meanwhile, the humans of the social media are making a rather hilarious take on the gatebox. One of the common ones imply that’s Japan’s birthrate would drastically reduce the country’s population. While many YouTubers are having some amusing reaction and opinion videos.
— Dawn of Tech (@DawnofTech) December 19, 2016