It wouldn’t be a CES season without at least some unusual robots showing up. Yukai Engineering, creator of the Qoobo robot cat’s tail pillow, has unveiled a soft robot that nibbles on a user’s fingertip. The company hopes the “somewhat pleasant sensation” will brighten up your day.
Amagami Ham Ham has an algorithm called a “Hamgorithm” that selects one of two dozen nibbling patterns, so you never know exactly what you’ll feel when you shove your finger into the robot’s mouth. Yukai designed the patterns — including Tasting Ham, Massaging Ham, and Suction Ham — to mimic the sensation of a baby or pet nibbling on their finger.
“Amagami” means “to bite gently” and “ham” means “to bite” in Japanese. Yukai based the robot’s appearance on a character from Liv Heart Corporation’s Nemu Nemu plush toy series. There are a few finger chewing models to choose from: Yuzu (Calico Cat) and Kotaro (Shiba Inu).
“Most people love the nibbling sensation, but know to teach their children or pets to stop, because otherwise children and animals will end up biting them with full force,” said Yukai Engineering CMO Tsubasa Tominaga, who previously used the robot on a hackathon invented. this year. “Amagami Ham Ham is a robot that frees mankind from the conundrum of whether they ‘pursue or not chase’ the forbidden pleasure.”
The price is not yet known, but Yukai and Liv Heart plan to hold a crowdfunding campaign in the spring. In the meantime, the brave CES Amagami can check out Ham Ham on the show and maybe leave Yukai’s booth with a slightly tender finger.
One of the other devices that Yukai will be showing off at CES is Bocco Emo. The company updated the original Bocco robot to act as a smart medical device. Yukai says hospitals in Japan use it to monitor patients’ vital signs (via connected sensors such as pulse oximeters and thermometers) and inform nurses about a patient’s condition.
During a pilot period, Bocco Emo was used to inform patients’ families about how they are doing. It can also communicate with patients through sound effects, facial expressions and gestures while waiting for a nurse to arrive.
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