Debate time: Is this headless cat robot pillow cute or creepy?

The Qoobo is targeted directly at those who wish they could own, pet, and hang out with a cat, but would rather buy a robot than an actual animal due to allergies or other cat-owning difficulties humans may run into. Those who doubt the headless robotic cat pillow market (billed as a “tailed cushion that heals your heart”) should take note: Yukai Engineering has already sold over 10,000 units of the Qoobo within Japan, and it revealed at this year’s Berlin-based trade show IFA 2019 that a small customer base is growing within the United States.

After the Qoobo raised 12.3 million yen (roughly $120,000) on its Kickstarter, the company shipped over 900 devices for backers in 2018. Since then, Yukai Engineer has focused on touring its little cat pillow around at trade shows to explain the benefits of “tail therapy” to the unassuming tech audience, and showing off their two colored models, “husky grey” and “french brown.” It’s only a matter of time until we see a flattened-out dog pillow equipped with faster motorized tail and maybe a set of ears that responds to its name.

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