Smartphones have made keeping in touch with your children and elders so much simpler for us. However, sometimes the elderly are not able to master the many functions of a smartphone or maybe some parents are reluctant to give their young kids smartphones, which are used more for playing than communicating. This is where the BOCCO comes in.
The BOCCO robot, designed by Yukai Engineering in Tokyo, is a simple WiFi-enabled personal robot, which solves the problem of keeping in touch with family, especially the elderly and younger kids. It has just two buttons -- "Play" and "Record". It is Bluetooth enabled and can connect to the smartphone. You can send a voicemail from your smartphone and the BOCCO robot will play it back. The cute robot's eyes light up when it receives a new message! And if someone wants to send a message, they can just record it in the BOCCO robot, and the message will be sent securely to the connected smartphones.
BOCCO robot also have an additional feature -- a motion sensor, which can be attached to the door, so you can get a signal on your smartphone if your child might head in or out of the door.
Right now Yukai Engineering is trying to raise money on Kickstarter to bring BOCCO robot to the international market.