Technology is a mystery. Somehow, the industry can’t give us self-service machines that really know whether there’s an unidentified object in the bagging area. But it can offer us virtual butlers.
Mark Zuckerberg has already said that he wants to build his own digital assistant. And now, Japanese company Vinclu has announced Gatebox: a device to compete with Amazon’s Echo, including a fully holographic, interactive, AI personality. It will use IoT (Internet of Things) technology to take care of everything in your home, from your lighting to your email.
Best of all, it will learn your habits and adapt to them. So, when you’re on your way home after a hard day at work, it will be heating the hot tub to whichever temperature you like best. Or maybe just setting Eastenders to record.
No, Gatebox can’t deliver Wodehouse-style witticisms as you lounge around in your slippers and smoking jacket. But here’s hoping that’s not far off.