Virtual and augmented reality has changed the concept of electronic entertainment. Pokémon GO was really the first game in use augmented reality with a lot of judgment, but in Japan they have us years of advantage, as they say. As if it were a Blade Runner-style science fiction movie, a virtual assistant for single men living alone became popular a few years ago. Is called Hikari Azuma and it's a hologram with almost a life of its own. He is able to ask how the day has gone, carry on a daily conversation and even send messages to his mobile when the owner is not at home. In other words, he keeps company and in these days of confinement due to the health crisis, a similar assistant is helping workers a lot
Now it doesn't sound so strange that a young man spent a whole week locked in virtual reality. The mandatory confinement to which many countries are subjected has allowed other activities to be carried out at home to cope with the situation. However, they worry psychological problems that this can carry during these days. The Japanese company Gatebox, creators of Hikari Azuma, has also sent its workers home, but a new virtual assistant is helping "Tackle those problems"
In its new update called Gate, workers can record your regular schedule so that Hikari alerts them when it's time to start working or eating, for example. It also has motivating phrases so that the mood does not drop, in addition to read chat messages synchronized with the Slack service. At the moment these news are only available to company employees, but Gatebox is already considering including it commercially. This reminds us that a man paid more than 14,000 euros to marry Hatsune Miku, a virtual star with many followers in Japan. Would you live with a hologram?