Japanese inventors have come up with robotic cat body parts that are wearable by its users. These robots are either used as artificial therapy animals or as heart rates and brain wave sensors.
As unique and bizarre as its names, these robotic cat features are a growing trend in the Japanese market and have been used by many citizens.
Qooboo, a headless robotic therapy cat
Keeping in mind their cuddly, but also their quick-tempered nature, the Tokyo based electronics company Yukai Engineering Co. invented Qoobo. A headless and limbless robotic fluffy cat tail pillow that responds to human touch by means of vibration and wagging tail. Qoobo, unlike real cats, stays on a human lap for as long as a human wants. It weighs two pounds and is a ball of fluff with a tail.
“As a cat owner myself, I was surprised by how realistic the tail moved, especially with how its wagging intensity increased as I petted it harder (my cat would eventually warn me with a bite). Interestingly, stroking detection is mostly done with just one accelerometer inside the body. He added that despite the cat-like appearance, the realistic tail movement is actually based on research on both cat and dog behaviour. Still, I’d like to think of Qoobo as more of a cat, and that’s me speaking as an owner of both a cat and a dog”, says CEO Shunsuke Aoki in one of its interviews.
Tailly, a wearable cattail
Inspired by Japanese animation and its history, a citizen in Japan has invented and designed a robotic cat tail called ‘Tailly’ that measures the heart rate of the wearer. Higher the heart rate, faster the tail accelerates. The device acts according to human emotions just like one can read a cat’s body language through its tail. It is an extension to the user’s body attached with a belt. “Tailly is not just a toy, nor a fashion statement or a gadget, however, it’s all three in one, states Shota Ishiwatari, designer of Tailly on its official video.
Necomimi, brainwave-controlled cat ears
Another unique device is the cat ears that respond to brainwaves. Necomimi is designed by the Shota Ishiwatari, the creative behind Tailly, however, this too is a wearable device. The cat ears react to four different moods, i.e. high relaxation, focus or relaxation, high focus or high interest.
Just like cats do, these cat ears different movements for different reactions. When relaxed and calmed down, the ears face downwards, however when high focused, the ears stand straight. As reviewed by many YouTubers like Sharmander, these ears are as accurate as they can be and correctly responds to emotions without a doubt.
A Fashion Statement
All the Japanese robotic devices come in different colours, which mean that these products are greatly used as fashion statements within the country. Some of them are highly customizable as well. These devices are priced 100$ and less which brings up a point, is it widely used in other countries as well or does it just revolve within the Japanese culture.
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