“Qoobo, which was unveiled this week by Yukai Engineering Co., Ltd. at the CEATAC trade show in Japan is only marginally a cat. Its wagging feline tail is attached to a 2-pound ball of fur. Theres no purring face, no head or whiskers, no legs, feet, or claws. The name is a combination of the French word for tail and robot.
The plush toy rests in your lap (what choices does it have?) and responds when you pet it. Different types of strokes or pats will generate different, yet, fairly realistic, tail wags and haptic responses. In addition to the tail movement, the round, cushion body can deliver a vibration response.”
We are at the advent of the age of the robot, although robots have been an integral part of the manufacturing process for ages, but it`s only recently that they have invaded our homes.
The Roomba isn`t a novelty item, millions of homeowners rely on these robotic vacuum cleaners to clean their floors while they relax watching TV.
The Amazon “Echo” is a personal assistant who will play music, control your smart home, and get information, news and weather using just your voice.
In a generation many people will have a sex robot instead of a spouse or significant other. The sex robot is not your father`s blowup sex doll, it has fully functioning sex organs, and it looks just as real as your average silicon-enhanced celebrity.
Now there`s a robot cat, sort of, the Qoobo has a wagging feline tail attached to a 2-pound ball of fur. This monstrosity doesn`t have a face, in fact it doesn`t have a head, or legs.
I can put up with a robotic vacuum cleaner, and I can certainly see the advantage of a sex robot over a cheating girlfriend who is just as likely to give you the clap as she is a hug.
But it will be a cold day in hell before I exchange my warm, loving kitty for a freakish robotic cat that doesn`t have a head or a soul.
My cats have a home with me for the rest of their lives, regardless how many curtains they destroy or how many times they cough up a fur ball.
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