It won’t Without showing at least some offbeat robots. Manufacturer of Yukai Engineering , Reveals a soft robot that nibbles at the fingertips of the user. The company hopes that the “somewhat pleasant sensation” will brighten your day.
There is an algorithm called “hamgorithm” that selects one of two dozen nibbling patterns, so you can never be sure what exactly you will feel when you insert your figure into the robot’s mouth. Yukai designs patterns – including testing ham, massaging ham and suction ham – to mimic the feeling of a baby or pet nibbling at a finger.
“Amagami” means “soft bite” and “ham” means “bite” in Japanese. Yukai created the robot look based on a character from the Live Heart Corporation’s Nemu Nemu Stuffed Animal series. There are several finger-munching models to choose from: Yuzu (Calico Cat) and Kotaro (Shiba Inu).
“Most people like the nibbling sensation but know that their babies or pets need to be taught to stop it, because babies and animals will eventually bite with all their might,” said Subasa Tominaga, CMO of Yukai Engineering, who first discovered the robot in a hackathon. This year. “Amagami ham ham is a robot that frees mankind from the dilemma of ‘whether to follow the forbidden pleasure’.”
Pricing has not been set, but Yukai and Liv Hart plan to run a crowdfunding campaign in the spring. In the meantime, those who dare to check out Amagami Ham Ham on the CES show, and perhaps leave the booth in Yukai with a little more gentle finger.
Among the other devices on display at the Yukai CES is the Boko Emo. The company has updated the original Boko robot To act as a smart medical device. Yukai says hospitals in Japan are using it to monitor patients’ essentials (through integrated sensors such as pulse oximeters and thermometers) and to inform nurses about the patient’s condition.
During a pilot period, Boko Emo was used to tell patients’ families how they were doing. It can communicate with patients using sound effects, facial expressions and gestures while they wait for a nurse to arrive.
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