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Meet Hikari Azuma, the cute digital assistant you can date

For one Japanese startup, digital assistants should not just be about utility but should also be whimsical

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Mr Takechi, founder of Vinclu Inc, designed Hikari as an avatar that its owners could develop a relationship with. A key feature is that it is "kawaii" or "cute" in the way it interacts, going beyond the "command-answer" template built by other firms.

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Mr Takechi, founder of Vinclu Inc, designed Hikari as an avatar that its owners could develop a relationship with. A key feature is that it is "kawaii" or "cute" in the way it interacts, going beyond the "command-answer" template built by other firms.

Tokyo

WHEN Siri is asked whether she has a boyfriend, the iPhone's digital assistant is usually quick to deflect the question with a quip about drones always trying to pick her up.

For Minori Takechi, founder of Vinclu Inc, that's a missed opportunity.

Mr Takechi is the

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