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

It would not be without at least a few offbeat robots popping up. Yukai Engineering, the maker of, has unveiled a soft robot that nibbles at a user’s fingertip. The company hopes that the “somewhat pleasant feeling” will brighten up your day.

has an algorithm called a “Hamgorithm” that selects one of two dozen nip patterns so you are never sure exactly what you want to feel when you push your digit into the robot’s belly. Yukai designed the patterns – which include flavored ham, massaging ham and sucking ham – to recreate the feel of a baby or pet nibbling at one’s finger.

A soft robot called Amagami Ham Ham

A soft robot called Amagami Ham Ham

“Amagami” means “soft bite” and “ham” means “bite” in Japanese. Yukai based the robot’s appearance on a character from Liv Heart Corporation’s Nemu Nemu stuffed animal series. There will be a few finger-bumping models to choose from: Yuzu (Calico Cat) and Kotaro (Shiba Inu).

“Most people like the nipped feeling, but know that they have to teach their children or pets to stop it, because children and animals will otherwise bite them with full force eventually,” said Yukai Engineering CMO Tsubasa Tominaga, who invented the robot. at a hackathon earlier. this year. “Amagami Ham Ham is a robot that frees humanity from the riddle of whether or not to” pursue “the forbidden pleasure.”

The price has not been determined, but Yukai and Liv Heart plan to run a crowdfunding campaign this spring. Meanwhile, the brave CES can check out Amagami Ham Ham on the show and maybe leave Yukai’s stand with a slightly more sore finger.

Among the other devices Yukai will be showcasing at CES is the Bocco Emo. The company has updated the original Bocco robot to act as a smart medical device. Yukai says hospitals in Japan use it to monitor patients’ vital functions (via connected sensors such as pulse oximeters and thermometers) and inform nurses about a patient’s condition.

During a pilot period, Bocco Emo was used to inform patients’ families about how they are feeling. It can also communicate with patients using sound effects, facial expressions and gestures while waiting for a nurse to arrive.

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