It wouldn’t be without the appearance of at least a few quirky robots. Yukai Engineering, the maker of the, has revealed a gentle robot that nips a user’s fingertip. The company hopes that the “rather pleasant feeling” will brighten up your day.
has an algorithm called “Hamgorithme” which selects one of two dozen snack patterns, so you’ll never be sure what it will feel like when you stick your finger in the robot’s mouth. Yukai designed the patterns – which include tasting ham, massage ham, and suction ham – to mimic the feeling of a baby or animal nibbling on a finger.
“Amagami” means “to bite sweet” and “ham” means “bite” in Japanese. Yukai based the robot’s appearance on a character from the Nemu Nemu stuffed animal series from Liv Heart Corporation. There are two finger nibbling models to choose from: Yuzu (Calico Cat) and Kotaro (Shiba Inu).
“Most people love the feeling of snacking, but know that they have to teach their children or pets to stop it, or the kids and animals will end up biting them head-on,” he said. Yukai Engineering’s marketing director, Tsubasa Tominaga, who invented the robot in an earlier hackathon. This year. “Amagami Ham Ham is a robot that frees humanity from the riddle of ‘pursuing or not’ forbidden pleasure. “
The price has not been determined, but Yukai and Liv Heart plan to launch a crowdfunding campaign in the spring. In the meantime, the brave ones at CES can check out Amagami Ham Ham at the show and maybe leave Yukai’s booth with a little softer finger.
Among the other devices Yukai will show at CES is Bocco Emo. The company updated the original Bocco robot to act as a smart medical device. Yukai says hospitals in Japan use it to monitor patients’ vital signs (via connected sensors like pulse oximeters and thermometers) and to notify nurses of a patient’s condition.
During a pilot period, Bocco Emo was used to inform families of patients about their condition. It can also communicate with patients using sound effects, facial expressions and gestures while they wait for a nurse to arrive.