Yukai Engineering’s Cute Stuffed Animal Robot will Nibble on Your Finger

It would not be CES without at least a handful of unusual robots making an appearance. Yukai Engineering, the company behind the Qoobo robotic cattail pillow, has shown a soft robot that nibbles on the tip of a user’s finger. The business thinks that the “slightly agreeable sensation” would make your day better.

Ham Amagami You will never know what you will feel when you thrust your digit into the robot’s jaws since Ham has a “Hamgorithm” that picks one of two dozen nibbling patterns. The designs, which include Tasting Ham, Massaging Ham, and Suction Ham, were created by Yukai to mimic the sensation of a baby or pet gnawing on one’s finger.

In Japanese, “amagami” means, “soft biting,” while “ham” means “bite.” Yukai modeled the robot’s appearance on a character from the Nemu Nemu plush animal series by Liv Heart Corporation. Yuzu (Calico Cat) and Kotaro will be among the finger-munching variants available (Shiba Inu).

“Most people enjoy the nibbling feeling, but they realize they need to teach their children or dogs to stop it,” said Yukai Engineering CMO Tsubasa Tominaga, who built the robot during a hackathon earlier this year. “Amagami Ham Ham is a robot that solves the problem of whether to ‘pursue or not to pursue’ the forbidden pleasure for humans.”

Although the price has yet to be established, Yukai and Liv Heart want to launch a crowdfunding campaign in the spring. Those brave enough to attend CES may check out Amagami Ham Ham and might depart Yukai’s stand with a somewhat more painful finger.

Bocco Emo is one of the other items Yukai will show out at CES. The original Bocco robot has been upgraded to function as a smart medical gadget by the firm. Hospitals in Japan, according to Yukai, are utilizing it to track patients’ vital signs (through linked sensors such as pulse oximeters and thermometers) and alert nurses to a patient’s status. Bocco Emo used to update patients’ families about their progress during a trial phase. While patients wait for a nurse, it may interact with them via sound effects, facial expressions, and gestures.