BOCCO, Yukai’s Communication Robot, to be Piloted in Municipal Quality of Life Project

2019/9/30 News

We are pleased to announce that Yukai Engineering’s flagship communication robot, BOCCO, has been selected as a device for a pilot program that the city of Fujimino (Saitama prefecture) and KDDI Research, Inc. are collaboratively conducting to improve the quality of life.  In this program titled, “Citizens’ Participatory Proof of Concept,” the city and KDDI Research will test the effectiveness of various tentative projects that are designed to bring the city’s residents closer together and make Fujimino a better place to live through the use of information communication technology.

BOCCO is a communication robot that keeps family members in touch. The robot is particularly useful for remotely checking in on your loved ones, including children at home and aging parents who live by themselves.

Capable of connecting to both the internet and BOCCO sensors, the robot serves as an interface for exchanging messages, monitoring your home environment and controlling smart devices and appliances.

For messaging, you can type or voice-record your message on the BOCCO app on your phone and send it to the robot. BOCCO makes a sound to notify your family when your message arrives and reads it out loud to them in its cute voice. Alternatively, they may also push the “play” button on the robot to listen to a voice message.

The app also notifies you when the robot receives new information from sensors. For example, you will receive an alert via the app on your phone when your child comes home and opens the door. You can combine several different types of BOCCO sensors to keep an eye on the room temperature, control lights and do much more.

All these features are designed to help you stay informed about what’s happening at home and enjoy communications with your loved ones wherever you are.

In addition, you can select BOCCO Channels of your choice in the app to have the robot automatically perform a wide range of tasks, including reading out weather forecasts and the latest headlines in the news, waking you up at a set time, and reminding you about your schedule.

Product Name: BOCCO
Price: 29,000 Japanese yen (before tax)
Items included in the package: AC adopter(1); door sensor (1); double-sided tape (1); sensor strap (1); AAA batteries for the door sensor (2); user’s manual

Requires Wi-Fi connection.


Good Design Award (2015)
Kids Design Award (2016)
Amazon Cognitive and Educational Toy Grandprix (Robotics category, 2017)

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