It wouldn’t be without at least two gay robots emerging. Yukai Engineering, the maker of the robot, has unveiled a soft robot that bites the tip of a user’s finger. The company hopes that “somewhat pleasant sensation” will brighten your day.
It has an algorithm called “Algorithm” that chooses one of twenty bite patterns, so you’re never quite sure what you’ll feel when you push your number into the robot maw. Yukai designed the patterns – which include Tasting Ham, Massaging Ham and Suction Ham – to replicate the feeling of a child or pet biting their finger.
“Amagami” means “soft biting” and “pork” means “biting” in Japanese. Yokai based the appearance of the robot on a character from the Liv Heart Corporation’s Nemu Nemu stuffed animal series. There will be two finger chewing models to choose from: Yuzu (Calico Cat) and Kotaro (Shiba Inu).
Tsubasa Tominaga, who invented the robot at a hackathon earlier this year, said Tsubasa Tominaga, Head of Marketing at Yukai Engineering. Amagami Ham Ham is a robot that frees humanity from the enigma of ‘whether to pursue ‘forbidden pleasure’ or not.
Pricing has not been determined, but Yokai and Liv Hart plan to run a crowdfunding campaign in the spring. Meanwhile, those brave at CES can watch Amagami Ham Ham on show, perhaps leaving the Yukai booth with a more tender finger.
Among the other devices that Yukai will be showing off at CES is the Bocco Emo. The company has updated the original Bocco robot to serve as a smart medical device. Yokai says hospitals in Japan are using it to monitor patients’ vitals (via connected sensors such as pulse oximeters and thermometers) and to notify nurses of a patient’s condition.
During a trial period, Bocco Emo was used to inform patients’ families about their condition. He can also communicate with patients using sound effects, facial expressions and gestures while waiting for the nurse to arrive.
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