There are more and more connected devices than ever and the trend is going to grow in the near future. MessagePetz launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $45,000 in funding to develop a Wi-Fi Teddy Bear that will allow parents to send love messages to their kids via the display embedded in the interactive stuffed animal.
According to MessagePetz CEO and co-founder Glenn Jones, “Being away from your kids can be one of the most difficult things a parent can go through”. Parents will be able to send their child’s MessagePetz Bear a ‘hug’, a ‘kiss’, an ‘I love you’ or a personalized message from the free app on their smartphone. Then the LED heart lights up to let the kid know that a message has arrived and is displayed on the screen. Simply by hugging the toy a reply is automatically sent without using a smartphone, and custom replies can be written in advance.
The MessagePetz Bear starts at $89 for early backers.
The MessagePetz Bear technical highlights:
- Suitable for ages 4+
- Is 21 inches tall, made from soft plush textiles
- Requires chargeable Lithium-ion batteries
- The MessagePetz Bear itself does not need a SIM card, the person sending the message needs a phone with a SIM
- Is supported by the free MessagePetz smartphone and iPad apps, available on iPhone. TheAndroid app will be released later this year
- The MessagePetz apps are private, so only your loved ones can send and receive messages. MessagePetz privacy and security standards are COPPA compliant
- Multiple MessagePetz Teddy Bears can be associated with one MessagePetz family account – so suitable for larger families