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Entrepreneurs: Gatebox — Only the Lonely

by Miki Saxon

I just read about a new product out of Japan.

In Japan, nearly two thirds of single people aren’t in a relationship and there are quasi-similar results in the US, although not exactly parallel. (The big difference in the studies is the focus on sex. Unlike Japan, not being in a relationship in the US has nothing to do with having/not having sex.)

However, craving companionship seems to be universal.

Enter Gatebox, which is similar to Amazon Echo, but with a platonic, She-like twist.

Yes, that is an artificially intelligent character who lives in a glass tube in your home. Her name is Azuma Hikari, and she’s the star of Gatebox — a $2,500 Amazon Echo-esque device that acts as a home assistant and companion.

At $2500 it isn’t cheap and there are a lot of caveats around it’s operation in the US, but that isn’t the point of this article.

The point is that even with a $2500 (298,000 yen) price tag and a year-long delivery wait it’s still pre-selling both here and Japan.

What a sad, lonely, connected world people inhabit these days.

Credit: info vinclu

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