ibuku petsAll work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, and I guess that adage rings true with the team over at Arbor Cube, who has just launched its new range of iBuKu Pets, helping older, aged smartphones have a new lease of life while transforming the learning experience into a safe and fun one for your kids. Arbor Cube co-founder Simon Channey claims that iBuKu Pets will merge the tech toys element of meaningful play alongside a huggable device protector, delivering an environmentally-responsible message in order to encourage our next generation to ensure the millions of older generation smartphones are not sent to their electronic graveyard earlier than ever before.

iBuKu Pets will boast a soft body which expands when it houses a smartphone or iPod touch, acting as a protective case while sporting dozens of practical applications, functioning as a nightlight, alarm clock, wireless battery charger, still and video camera, music player and educational toy simultaneously. Targeting those aged 3 to 12, this means you can safely upgrade to a new Galaxy Nexus without wondering whether you should ditch your Nexus One or not. [Press Release]

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