Smart-E-Bear: The Teddy Bear of the Future

Stuffed animals are getting smart.  This has been going on for a while now, fueled by the raging success of Tickle Me Elmo.  Each generation of these toys sports increasingly interactive elements.

The Smart-E-Bear from Kids Preferred is no exception.

If he's so smart, how come he's not wearing any pants?If he's so smart, how come he's not wearing any pants?

As he's designed for small children (2+ years), Smart-E-Bear's controls are simple: just squeeze the toy's hands or feet.  This allows kids to choose from a variety of activities.

Smart-E-Bear tells stories, plays songs and games, and-get this-is bilingual!  He can even say your kid's name-which kind'a creeps me out a little.  It reminds me a bit of the stuffed bear robot in Spielberg's A.I. (an underrated film, in my opinion-you should check it out sometime).  I relaxed a little when I found out that this is done by an installed list of names-not through magic.

Though preloaded with content, parents can choose from a variety of activities offered by the bear through a simple connection to a PC with the included USB cable.  According to one user, 90 minutes of content barely takes up 10% of Smart-E-Bear's storage capacity.  Imagine how much fun your kid could have with this thing all loaded up!

The Kids Preferred web site provides even more content for Smart-E-Bear that can be purchased via PayPal or credit card.

Toys like this are becoming commonplace among small children-and with good cause.  They're cute, they're cuddly, and they're educational.

And I, for one, couldn't ask for more in a toy.

Well... maybe laser eyes would be neat...

Snag your very own Smart-E-Bear at Amazon.

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