Wish you had a pet to cuddle with but got no time to take care of it? Or, suffer from a pet allergy?
Qoobo is a robotic cushion with a cat-like tail that makes realistic moves in response to your touch. When caressed, it waves gently. When rubbed, it swings playfully. And, occasionally, it wags just to say hello. The simple communication, using only tail movements without relying on sounds or facial expressions, can provide a sense of comfort to people the ways animals do.
Yukai Engineering Inc., a Tokyo-based robotics startup known for creating robots that bring joy to life, will demonstrate Qoobo, a tail-wagging robotic pillow that was recently released to the market, from Sep. 6 to 11 at IFA 2019, as well as BOCCO emo, an emotionally responsive robot that expresses empathy.