Tachikoma from “Ghost in the Shell” Working at I.G Store; Integrates with Smartphone App

Real Agent Tachikoma

© Masamune Shirow / Production I.G / Kodansha / Ghost in the Shell Production Committee

 

A proof-of-concept service was started on December 23rd at the I.G. Store in Shibuya Marui, where customers can be waited on by the Tachikoma robotic AI from anime series “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex”.

Using the Virtual Agent Tachikoma smartphone app released on December 16th by Karakuri Products, customers can train and interact with a virtual Tachikoma, developing a unique personality. Customers can then order merchandise through the app to be picked up at the I.G Store, where a real-life Tachikoma reflecting the virtual Tachikoma’s personality will wait on the customer. Aiming to introduce some of the near-future technology seen in “Ghost in the Shell”, the service will learn customers’ preferences and shopping habits, with new features, such as the Tachikoma addressing customers by name, to be continually added.

The proof-of-concept service, a collaboration between Production I.G and Karakuri Products, is part of the “Ghost in the Shell S.A.C 1/2 Size Tachikoma Realize Project” and a government-sponsored initiative to demonstrate the introduction of robots. The project has several goals, including laying groundwork for the establishment of robot service at retail stores. Production I.G aims to use popular characters to provide entertainment to anime fans worldwide, as well as to explore new revenue streams and business opportunities.

The service will be available at the I.G Store on the 7th floor of Shibuya Marui on December 23rd through January 15th. It will then move to the I.G Store at Osaka’s Asia-Pacific Trade Center on January 19th through 30th, and will continue to be operated in Osaka on February 3rd through 12th.


Tachikoma

© Masamune Shirow / Production I.G / Kodansha / Ghost in the Shell Production Committee

The I.G Store is located on the 7th floor of Shibuya Marui.

© Masamune Shirow / Production I.G / Kodansha / Ghost in the Shell Production Committee

 

Links:

Virtual Agent Tachikoma

https://itunes.apple.com/jp/app/bacharuejento-tachikoma/id1179820147?mt=8

 

I.G. Store

http://ig-store.jp/

 

Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie

http://kokaku-a.jp/

 

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