BOCCO emo Won the iF Design Award 2021!

2021/4/15 News

Yukai Engineering Inc. (Headquarters: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Representative: Shunsuke Aoki), which develops numerous robots and IoT products with the motto “Robotics for Fun Living,” was a winner of this year’s iF DESIGN AWARD, the world-renowned design prize. The winning product, BOCCO emo, won in the Product discipline.

[BOCCO emo]won the iF DESIGN AWARD 2021

A little shy, sometimes grumpy, and maybe a bit restless. A somewhat nostalgic family robot of the future


Each year, the world’s oldest independent design organization, Hannover-based iF International Forum Design GmbH, organizes the iF DESIGN AWARD.

BOCCO emo was chosen among 10,000 entries from 52 countries. The robot won over the 98-member jury, made up of independent experts from all over the world, with its “emotional” capabilities, ease of use for families with members who don’t use smartphones, and ability to send essential notifications.

▼More information about BOCCO emo can be found in the “Winners” section of the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE.


For 67 years, the iF DESIGN AWARD has been recognized as an arbiter of quality for exceptional design. The iF label is renowned worldwide for outstanding design services, and the iF DESIGN AWARD is one of the most important design prizes in the world.

Submissions are awarded in the following disciplines: Product, Packaging, Communication, and Service Design, Architecture and Interior Architecture as well as Professional Concept, User Experience (UX), and User Interface (UI). All awarded entries are featured on the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE and in the iF design app.

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About BOCCO emo

BOCCO emo is the next-generation model of the communication robot “BOCCO,” born in 2015. In addition to BOCCO’s functions (voice message transmission/reception, sensor linkage, weather, and reminder notifications, linkage with IoT devices, etc.), it also has a voice recognition function, hands-free dialogue, Wi-Fi/LTE communication method support, emotional expressions which create empathy, nickname settings, and system linkage through API. It delivers various information and acts as a member of the family.

The designated BOCCO emo app is a family-only bulletin board that allows users to exchange messages within the family and check the responses of the sensors. When users talk to BOCCO emo, a voice message and a text-based message by voice recognition will be sent to their smartphone. The user can also send text or voice messages from their smartphone. Families can easily communicate with members who do not have smartphones, such as children and elderly parents.

We hope that BOCCO emo becomes like a family member and helps keep families connected. 

BOCCO emo Information

BOCCO emo Promotional Video (Japanese)
BOCCO emo Official Site

BOCCO emo Mail Magazine Registration (Japanese)

BOCCO Official Twitter

Yukai Engineering Online Store「BOCCO emo」(Japan only)


BOCCO emo Main Specifications

BOCCO emo is equipped with the ability to sympathize and be personalized. It is a family-like robot that strengthens the connection between family members.

Specification(Wi-Fi Model)
Price:40,000 JPY(w/o tax)/ 44,000 JPY(tax included)
Size:W95 x D95 x H141 (mm)
Power:100-240V AC Adapter
Wi-Fi:IEEE 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)
Bluetooth:4.2 LE
Accesories:AC Adapter, User Guide, Startup Guide

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