Robowaifus are empathetic female robot companions yet to be fully realized that will serve a variety of functions for their partners. There are many approaches being explored on the path to developing them, namely smart dolls with animatronic features or augmented by artificial intelligence to virtual reality and simple chatbots. The term robowaifu is a portmanteau of robot and waifu. A robot being a machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically, and a waifu being a term for a fictional character, usually in anime or related media, that someone has a great affection for, so much that he wishes she were his wife.
A robowaifu should not be confused with a gynoid or robogirl, which is merely a humanoid female android. A robowaifu is a robogirl who shares an intimate relationship with someone, although sometimes a robogirl someone has a great affection for is also referred to as a robowaifu. More rarely, personal chatbots are also referred to as robowaifus, as they are capable of handling a complex series of actions, namely conversation, automatically.
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Examples of robowaifus[edit | edit source]
- Chii from Chobits
- Mahoro from Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden
- Aigis from Persona 3
- Armitage from Armitage III
- Mina-chan from My Wife Has No Emotion