A very unique robotic cushion has launched via Kickstarter this week, taking inspiration from furry pets, offering a cushion that can “heal your heart” say its creators.
Qoobo is a robotic cushion with a moving tail to provide a sense of comfort to users. When stroked the tail waves gently. When rubbed, it swings playfully and the cushion will also randomly wag its tail occasionally just to say hello. Watch the video below to learn more.
The developers of Qoobo explain more about its inspiration and design :
Users can interpret Qoobo’s response to their stroking however they like. That makes the users feel as if they were interacting with live animals and provides them with a sense of comfort. Yukai Engineering wanted to use its expertise and experience in robotic engineering to help all people – including those with pet allergies and apartment dwellers who can’t own pets – enjoy the comfort that only animals can give them. We are continuing with our study on the animal’s tail movements to offer users even more realistic experiences.
We paid extra attention to its size, weight and texture you would feel comfortable when you are holding it on your lap or in your arms. We plan to offer it in two colors: “HUSKY GRAY” and “FRENCH BROWN.” Because the fur and the tail movements are the only animal-like features of Qoobo, it’s possible for users to imagine it to be a dog or a cat or whatever they want it to be. The fur cover is removable and can be replaced with a customized cover of your own design. The template that we will be releasing lets you design your own print, using a fabric of your choice. It’s a comforting communication that warms your heart the way animals do. Begin your “tail therapy” today and wrap yourself with fuzzy love.
Jump over to the official Qoobo Kickstarter campaign via the link below to make a pledge.