An Indian avatar technology company, Plutoverse, has introduced its first virtual avatar for adults called DeerDost. The virtual avatar made his debut on Instagram as @DeerDost and will feature in the country’s first animated web series.
The series showcases a futuristic version of Mumbai while highlighting personal issues such as anger, sadness, anxiety, and depression. It narrates the story of DeerDost, a 20-year old who navigates his life in a virtual world during a pandemic. The series focuses on a phenomenon called the ‘loneliness epidemic,’ arising as the world spent over 18 months in front of their screens without much social interaction.
The creators of the series aim to bring light to the mental health struggles of the GenZ. Nevertheless, the series will be available through conventional mediums and have AR and VR versions in the future.
Prashant Sharma, a Co-founder at Plutoverse, said, “We believe that the GenZ needs to be engaged in conversations using more interesting tools. Usage of artificial intelligence, virtual influencers, synthetic media of storytelling, and so on can endear a complex topic like mental health far more than counseling.”
“In this series, we’re going to show a satirical futuristic Mumbai that imagines what the city might look like if our societal issues keep getting worse. And we’re going to wrap it all up in a funny and exciting sci-fi action comedy adventure,” he added.
Plutoverse is also gearing up to introduce several more virtual avatars, virtual versions of icons from Bollywood and sports, diverse virtual worlds, and more. The company also plans to experiment with NFTs, digital goods, animated shows, virtual concerts, and more.
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