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Qoobo is a therapeutic robot in the form of a cushion with a tail. When caressed, it waves gently. When rubbed, it swings playfully. And, it occasionally wags just to say hello. It's comforting communication that warms your heart the way animals do. Begin your "tail therapy" today and wrap yourself with fuzzy love.
Lifelike tail movements
Right weight and size to cuddle
Soft and smooth fur
A new friend has joined, and now you can choose from 3 colors.
We worked to develop a technology that can move your heart and a cushion tail.
Through trial and error, we developed a mechanism that closely mimics the complex movements of an animal's tail.
We observed an animal's movements and designed a program to have them reproduced.
Qoobo intrigued me because the shape of the tail and the ways it moves just bring a smile to my face. When you are stressed, I think this could comfort you and heal you. It's a refreshing concept to have humans and a robot communicate only through tail movements without relying on sounds or facial expressions. As a user, you would project your emotions onto how the tail moves, and you could get a sense of healing from that. I felt it after using the cushion myself.
Prof. Nobuhiro Sakata
Dokkyo Medical University
"Is this a tadpole? A cat? Oh, it's waving its tail! How interesting!" These were some of the reactions of the elderly when they first met Qoobo. Among communication robots, it's rare to find one which naturally draws out commentary and urges individuals to interact with it. It was a moment where we could see how Qoobo moves people's hearts and spreads smiles. Another positive aspect is users don't get tired of Qoobo's effects.
Prof. Kazuko Obayashi
Nihon Fukushi University
About the Healing Effects Experiment
Tests Show Qoobo Reduces Stress in Users
We had a psychological assessment conducted on a group of 38 people (both males and females in their teens through 30s) to see how using Qoobo may affect their state of mind. The results showed they experienced meaningful reductions in their stress levels when using Qoobo, compared to when not. Positive mood changes were particularly evident in the participants' responses to the questions posed to measure their levels of "tension and anxiety," "depressed feelings" and "tiredness/apathy."Click here to see the full data
Positive Response Effect Demonstration at an Elderly Care Facility
The effect of Qoobo's tail movements was measured with 40 men and women at intensive care elderly homes and elderly welfare facilities. It was demonstrated that the presence of a "Qoobo with a moving tail" had significant effects on users. The Qoobo "moved their hearts," and urged them to comment on or pet it. It also allowed for increased interaction with other users. These effects were maintained for the entire 3-week duration of the experiment. There was no decrease in the effects due to "boredom." Instead, positive effects were amplified, showing that Qoobo is a tool that can be used continuously.Click here to see the full data
Battery Run Time
W330 x H160 xD 540 mm
Temperature : ＋10℃ ～ ＋35℃
Humidity : ＋20％ ～ ＋80%
Body : ABS、nylon
Charging cable : Vinyl chloride
Cushion : Acrylic、polyester、zinc alloy
※Design may change without notice.
methods are also available.
SAKODA Home furnishings Fukuoka Odo-koen Store
2-1-32 Odo Nishi-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken
SAKODA Home furnishings Fukuoka Chikushino Store
836-4 Haruda Chikushino, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken
Where can I buy Qoobo?
Qoobo can be purchased from the following retailers.
For what ages is Qoobo designed?
Qoobo is designed for use by all ages, except for babies. Please do not allow children and disabled individuals unaccompanied access to the product.
Can I sit on Qoobo?
Please do not sit or stand on the cushion/tail. Just like any pet, Qoobo likes to be cuddled and gently petted.
Can I wash the fur cover?
If the cover is heavily soiled, soak it in lukewarm water with laundry detergent and gently press it in water to clean. The fur texture may change as a result of washing.
Are there color options for Qoobo?
Qoobo comes in Husky Gray, French Brown and Silky Black.
Does Qoobo respond to my voice?
Qoobo does not have a voice recognition system. To communicate with Qoobo, please use non-verbal communication methods, such as patting and caressing.
How do I feed (charge) Qoobo?
Qoobo operates on a rechargeable battery. Plug the charging cable’s jack firmly into the charger port located adjacent to the base of Qoobo’s tail.
What environment is best suited for Qoobo?
Qoobo can be used in homes, offices, stores and other types of faclities. It cannot be used, however, in hot and humid conditions or exposed to constant vibrations.