Yukai Engineering’s cute stuffed animal robot will nibble on your finger – TechCrunch


It wouldn’t be with out not less than a few offbeat robots displaying up. Yukai Engineering, the maker of the , has revealed a tender robot that nibbles on a person’s fingertip. The firm hopes the “somewhat pleasing sensation” will brighten up your day.

has an algorithm known as a “Hamgorithm” that selects considered one of two dozen nibbling patterns, so that you’ll by no means be certain precisely what you’ll really feel whenever you shove your digit into the robot’s maw. Yukai designed the patterns — which embody Tasting Ham, Massaging Ham and Suction Ham — to duplicate the sensation of a child or pet nibbling on one’s finger.


A soft robot called Amagami Ham Ham

Yukai Corporation

“Amagami” means “soft biting” and “ham” means “bite” in Japanese. Yukai primarily based the look of the robot on a personality from Liv Heart Corporation’s Nemu Nemu stuffed animal collection. There’ll be a few finger-munching fashions to select from: Yuzu (Calico Cat) and Kotaro (Shiba Inu).

“Most people like the nibbling sensation but know they need to teach their children or pets to stop it, because kids and animals will otherwise bite them with full force eventually,” mentioned Yukai Engineering CMO Tsubasa Tominaga, who invented the robot at a hackathon earlier this yr. “Amagami Ham Ham is a robot that frees humankind from the conundrum of whether ‘to pursue or not to pursue’ the forbidden pleasure.”

Pricing hasn’t been decided, however Yukai and Liv Heart plan to run a crowdfunding marketing campaign within the spring. In the meantime, these braving CES can try Amagami Ham Ham on the present, and maybe depart Yukai’s sales space with a barely extra tender finger.

Among the opposite gadgets Yukai will exhibit at CES is Bocco Emo. The firm has up to date the unique Bocco robot to behave as a sensible medical machine. Yukai says hospitals in Japan are utilizing it to watch sufferers’ vitals (by way of related sensors like pulse oximeters and thermometers) and notify nurses a couple of affected person’s situation.

During a pilot interval, Bocco Emo was used to tell sufferers’ households about how they’re doing. It may also talk with sufferers utilizing sound results, facial expressions and gestures whereas they anticipate a nurse to reach.

Editor’s word: This article initially appeared on Engadget.