Therapy cushion that can help comfort people
Yukai Engineering is a small robotics startup made up of designers and engineers who love to create robots. Our mission is to use robotics to make our daily lives more fun and fulfilling!
And now, we’re developing Qoobo, a therapy cushion that can help comfort people.
Qoobo is a robot in the form of a cushion with a tail. When caressed, it waves gently. When rubbed, it swings playfully.
Qoobo can currently be pre-ordered, and will ship this autumn in Japan and the United States, and is planned in 2019 for Europe. The pre-orders have already exceeded 3000 units, and we are expecting to ship 20 thousand units in the first year.
In Japan, many people living alone or in rented accommodation cannot keep pets even though they would like to, and these are one of our target audiences. After showing Qoobo to various people, we realized that it could also be aimed at the elderly people. Subsequently, we have started trials at an elderlies facility linked with a university.
2001 | Started Team Lab Inc while studying at Tokyo University, and assumed the position of CTO
2002 | Graduated from the Tokyo University Department of Engineering, Mathematical Engineering Course
2007 | Started Yukai LLC, a robotics venture with Mr Takashi Sagizaka
2008 | Assumed position of CTO at pixiv Inc., starting a service with now almost 6 million users
2009 | Completed Master’s Degree at Donghua University Graduate School for Information Science and Technology (Shanghai, China)
2011 | Incorporated Yukai Engineering Inc.
2007 | Graduated from Rukoku University, Japan Bachelor of literature
2007-2016 | Worked for TOMY Company, Ltd.
2016- | Working for Yukai Engineering Inc.
2008 | Graduated from Tokyo Institute of Technology Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
2010 | Completed Master’s Degree at Tokyo Institute of Technology Department of Electronics and Applied Physics
2010-2014 | Worked for Panasonic Corporation
2014-2016 | Learned at Kuwasawa Design School Course of Product Design in Specialized Design Department
2014- | Working for Yukai Engineering Inc.