The team from Vinclu in Japan have developed a super cool 'virtual home robot' called Gatebox. Part assistant, part companion - Gatebox's central character Azuma Hikari is the star of the show.

What I think is incredible about this project is that Gatebox is not trying to compete with other home service robots, that help with shopping (i.e reordering washing powder) they are targeting a far greater problem, people living alone, and loneliness.

So why not have another friend? :) 

The reason why we (developed) Gatebox is not because we are just pursuing entertainment or convenience. We want the characters (to) be naturally in our daily lives and spend relaxing (times) with us. ‘I want to live with my favourite character.’ We dreamed of such (a) world and we started this project.
— Gatebox Official Site