Japan has brought us some life-changing inventions in the past. Laptops, emojis, jet skis, and even karaoke. If it wasn’t for the Japanese I would’ve never owned a Walkman, played Nintendo, or watched a DVD. But their latest invention is mind-blowing for all the wrong reasons.
Yukai Engineering has introduced the Qoobo, a headless, legless, robot cat cushion. Yep, it’s as weird as it sounds. In simpler terms, a Qoobo is effectively a round cushion with a robot tail that wags whenever it’s stroked.
Why do we need this you ask? We honestly don’t know. According to the manufacturers, Qoobo was created through an in-house competition. "The designer had a cat, but since the apartment she moved into didn't allow pets, she had to leave her cat with her parents. This inspired her to come up with a lifelike pet substitute that would make her feel better whenever she thought of her cat."
As well as being a comfort for ex-owners that have had to part with their furry friend, the cushion can supposedly act as a therapy robot for anxiety and depression instead of investing in an actual therapy cat or dog.
The video shows us that all types of people can enjoy a Qoobo. It might be cheaper and less annoying than a real cat, but it’s also weird, unnecessary, and a little creepy. I’d choose dogs over cats anyway, so a robot feline was never going to sit well with me in the first place, and I’d much rather enjoy a gin and tonic when I’m stressed out instead of petting a headless cat thing to calm me down.
If you’re strangely interested in bagging yourself a Qoobo, they’ll be available to order in June next year. You can pick between two colors, "Husky Grey" or "French Brown," and it’ll set you back around $100. For those of you actually considering it, I’m most definitely judging you right now.
【お知らせ】新製品、Qooboの情報解禁です！ 先日、発表いたしましたQooboの詳しい情報をウェブサイトで公開いたしました。 きになるQooboの正体は、しっぽのついたクッション型セラピーロボットです。 そっと撫でるとふわふわと、たくさん撫でるとぶんぶんと、しっぽを振って応えてくれます。 毎日の生活に癒やしを求める人やペットを飼いたくても飼えない人に使っていただきたいと考え、弊社のロボティクスの技術を活用して開発いたしました。 どんな風にしっぽが応えてくれるのか、新しいプロモーションムービーも公開されているので是非ご覧ください。 併せて、明日10/3(火)より開催のCEATEC JAPAN 2017の弊社ブースでも展示を致しますので、触ってみたい！という方は是非お越しくださいませ。 http://qoobo.info/ CEATEC JAPAN 2017 幕張メッセ 3ホール 家ライフスタイルエリア ブースNo. H009 ユカイ工学ブース #ユカイ工学 #yukaiengineering #BOCCO #くらし #ロボット #robot # #qoobo #かわいい #動物 #しっぽ #猫 #犬 #ceatec #幕張メッセ #ロボットと暮らし #今日もユカイ
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