Yukai Engineering is pleased to announce that its robotic creations are among the first products to be featured at BOOSTER STUDIO by CAMPFIRE, a novel prototype showroom, when it opens its doors at Shibuya PARCO on Friday, Nov. 22!
Visitors will be able to play with Yukai’s popular robots, including the company’s flagship communication robot, BOCCO, and the tailed therapy robot, Qoobo, as well as Create-A-Critter Robot Kit, a fun and educational robotic kit developed for NHK Enterprise’s “Elementary Kids RoboCon.” Yukai’s robots will be part of a wide-ranging exhibit of technological products, including art, beauty and educational products.
BOOSTER STUDIO by CAMPFIRE is a “store for items that are not for sale.” Operated by CAMPFIRE Inc., the largest crowdfunding company in Japan, It mainly showcases prototypes and soon-to-be-released products that make use of cutting-edge digital technologies, so visitors can get a sneak peek at the products, use them and provide feedback. The feedback and visitors’ behavioral data collected by CAMPFIRE enable companies to improve their products, respond to the market’s needs and/or carry out their proof-of-concept studies. Yukai’s BOCCO, on which people can record a voice message, will be placed next to various exhibit items throughout the showcase to make it easier for visitors to provide feedback.
Visiting BOOSTER STUDIO by CAMPFIRE
Address: Shibuya PARCO 1st floor, 15-1 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Open 7 days a week)
For BOOSTER STUDIO by CAMPFIRE’s press release, click the link below:
Yukai’s Products at BOOSTER STUDIO by CAMPFIRE
BOCCO is a robot that enables family members to communicate in real time. If you are away from home, you can use the BOCCO app to record and send a voice message home, which the BOCCO robot will read out loud to your loved ones. Your family members can record a message on the robot and send it to your phone, as well. The app also comes with the voice-to-text and text-to-voice functions. BOCCO is particularly useful for remotely connecting with your children or elderly parents when they are home alone. BOCCO is also being used as an interface in various municipal and commercial communication service networks.
Qoobo is a robotic pillow with a lifelike tail that makes realistic moves in response to the user’s stroking and rubbing. It is designed to comfort people who cannot own a pet, including allergy sufferers, apartment-dwellers and busy professionals. The flexible tail gently waves when caressed and swings playfully when rubbed. Sometimes, it also wags spontaneously to call the user’s attention.
About Create-A-Critter Robotic Kit
Developed by Yukai for use in NHK Enterprise’s “Elementary Kids RoboCon” scheduled for March 2020, the robotic kit reflects our wish to spark an interest in children to make things with their own hands and from their original ideas. We wanted to create a kit with easy-to-handle components, such as switches, so young children can understand how robots are made. We hope this kit will help children imagine what’s possible with robotics.
About CAMPFIRE Inc.
CAMPFIRE Inc. is the largest crowdfunding platform provider in Japan. With a mission to “democratize funding acquisition,” the company aims to make it easier for individuals, creators, corporations, nonprofits, universities and municipalities, among others, to secure finances. Since the launching of the service in 2011, more than 27,000 projects have used CAMPFIRE to raise over $140 million from 1.7 million supporters. CAMPFIRE strives to create a financial world where money flows smoothly from benefactors to beneficiaries.