Qoobo, a Tailed Cushion That Provides Ultimate Comfort for Your Heart,
Reaches Its $44K Funding Goal in 6 Days
TOKYO, Oct. 25, 2017 – Qoobo, an interactive tailed cushion that moves in response to the users’ stroking, will become available to consumers next summer after raising $46,000 in six days on Kickstarter, surpassing the funding goal of 5,000,000 Japanese yen (approx. $44,000).
Originally intended as a tool to provide comfort to seniors, Qoobo became one of the most talked-about gadgets on the internet after Yukai Engineering, a robotic startup in Tokyo, unveiled the product on Oct. 3 at CEATEC Japan 2017. The idea for the product came about when Yukai’s designer moved into an apartment that did not allow her to keep her cat. The company’s engineers studied the animal tail and created a mechanism that closely mimics the movement. The Kickstarter campaign had a flying start with more than 25 percent of the funding goal raised on the first day.
“The strong response from Kickstarter backers and the U.S. residents we met during a media tour this month shows how many people are longing for the sense of healing that only animals can provide,” said Yukai Engineering CEO Shunsuke Aoki. “Many seniors, including my own parents, wish to own a pet but can’t due to various reasons. I truly hope Qoobo will help make their everyday lives more joyous for them.”
The Kickstarter campaign will continue through Dec. 2, offering the product on Kickstarter for 10,000 Japanese yen (approx. $90) apiece to have the tail-wagging cushion spread unconditional love in as many people’s homes as possible.
Kickstarter page: http://kck.st/2l0b2ZR
Qoobo Website: http://qoobo.info/