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>> iOteddy® - PLUSH TOY TO COMMUNICATE WITH LOVED ONES
One for the "I just came across this by accident" bucket - will it succeed or
be a flop?
Introducing the iOteddy, a teddy bear with integrated electronics just launched
by an Australian company based out of Sydney, announcing their
campaign with the hope of bringing together children with their parents that
who may travel too much or unfortunately be displaced from their families.
It is patent pending (sic) and has been labelled as a smart plush toy for
children to community with their loved ones anywhere in the world.
The idea is that interacting with mobile phones is too invasive, or difficult
for non tech savvy users.
"I'll send your cuddle over a rainbow"
Lets go ahead a have a flashback moment to that of John Bennet, the star of
who wished his teddy would be his friend for life. Even the voice they use
in the video reminds me of Ted, thankfully the iOteddy isn't a sexually
depraved pervert as depicted in the cinematic release.
The teddy allows for sending or receiving of virtual cuddles with loved ones
who have a compatible smartphone device and also the transmission of a
short ten second recorded voice clips (aka: secret). They plan to have
bear to bear support in a future software release - effectively creating a
communication netowrk without the use of a phone.
But wait, there is more! Spend more money on accessories!
As iOteddy represents members of a child's family, additional accessories
will be available for purchase from January 2017. For example glasses and
clothing are great ways to make the bear resemble the family member being
source: kickstarter campaign
They are seeking to fund $200,000 AUD to make it happen and promise to have
the iOteddy under the tree before the christmas. Thats a goal in itself! It
would be nice to know how they'll deal with communication from iOteddy
(WiFi?) not to mention dealing with the shocking state of the
broadband network) - especially since they are marketing in Australia.,
I guess all will be fine until the child wants to take iOteddy for a bath or
give him a spin in the dryer; some savvy backer has already asked the question
about waterproof capabilities of the teddy bear since the USB port is exposed
on the rear of the teddy.
While we have waterproofed the electronics you can remove them for washing
of the bear. We designed iOteddy so it can be used in hospitals - being able
to quickly and easily remove the core electronics was critical.
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