Japanese Virtual Wife Nags You to Eat Right
The Virtual Wife... no, it's not what you think, even though this new health and nutrition reminder service comes from Japan.
Japan's average population is getting older and everyone, including the government, is worried about the nation's health. In that sort of climate it's only natural for everyone to be constantly on their guard against Metabolic Syndrome (metabo in Japan) a combination of medical conditions that act in conjunction to increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
If you're a busy, on-the-go "salaryman", your loving wife isn't with you during the day to ensure you're eating right. What to do? Get a virtual wife from Metabo-info, of course! Working in association with ITMedia's +D Mobile, the no-cost service sends advisory messages to the subscriber's cellphone 4 times a day, encouraging the recipient to watch his calorie intake and avoid unhealthy foods & drinks.
Curiously in this day and age, though not so unusual for Japan's rigid society, Metabo-info doesn't offer "virtual hubbys" for stressed-out career women. Instead, 4 typical personalities are offered: a business-like professional woman, a "kind, pretty" housewife, a young "sporty" trendsetter and - wait for it - a maid.
The virtual housewives' heights are given for some unfathomable reason but their other, ahem, measurements remain a mystery. Sorry, Charlie-san.
If I was going to be cynical, I'd say that the virtual wife service is just one more way for henpecked Japanese husbands to get nagged. So much for stress relief... my virtual wife's mosquito-like nattering every couple of hours would drive me to drink, and heavily at that. At least the service doesn't report back to the actual wife via the cellphone's built-in camera... yet! (via Japan Sugoi)