You don’t need Qoobo In your life. None Need Qoobo, Perfect. In fact, the first reactions ranged from befallen to entertainment. The robot cat’s pillow does not imply a ton on his face – in part because Kyuobo has no face.
Over time I have personally interacted with the original Qoobo, the reactions being very similar. The initial confusion gives way to the question of why such a thing exists. And then, essentially, someone asks how they can buy one of their own.
The original, larger version was quite difficult to obtain here in the states for a while, due to the limitation of a small robotics company to bring its product to a new market. I doubt that there was even a single question as to whether such a product would translate. However, in the end, there is nothing particularly confusing about it.
Its subtly beating heart is an attempt to bring comfort to a small, cute package. This is something that we can probably use more these days. Following a successful Indiegogo campaign, the new Petit Qoobo delivers in a smaller, more affordable design. “Petit Kubo is a pillow-shaped robot with a tail,” begins the included user guide. “When there was a stroke, the tail slowly wavered.”
Honestly, it’s like the whole deal here. It is a furry pillow with a robot tail that waves when domesticated. It reacts more strictly in domesticated and tail types. The pillow has a built-in mic that listens for sounds (although not specific words), which can remove the wag. I have found that things like loud noises or loud music at the door can also increase this effect. It would also just wag at random just to say “hello”.
As I write this, Petit Kubo has sat on my lap. And yes, it is pleasing. This is not a replacement for a real pet – but I also know well that my real pet (pictured above) will not chill about sitting on my lap while I try to get some work. When I’m finished petting Qoobo, there’s no resistance – the tail just slackens.
The robot also “sleeps” after extensive petting – assuming one, to save the charge. When it comes time to recharge, a port is located – assuming it is near the tail. A zip on the outside makes it possible to completely remove the fur coat to clean.
The tail mechanism is not loud, per se, but it is audible. You can hear the actuators working. Honestly, Gulzar is more attractive than anything. The only time this is a problem is when the device is used as a pillow. Kubo’s other clever move is a quiet heartbeat that is triggered when squeezed. This is a nice, calming effect – though one that can sometimes be overpowering by tail noise
The device is part of a long and fascinating lineage of Japanese therapy robotics. The most notable example is probably Paro, which dates back to the 90s. The Baby Seal was designed to soothe and comfort patients in hospital and nursing rooms – essentially to bring the benefits of therapy animals without involving a particular animal. Of course, that project – which ultimately cost about $ 15 million in development – is on a completely different scale from this product Yukai engineering .
But the result is not a complete disagreement. There are certain parts of us that are willing to let the pets be somewhat cute and hear the heartbeat – both of them happily test this weird little robot. I definitely feel a little calm writing it – and that’s probably the most you can ask for these days.