Do you remember Teddy Ruxpin?
Teddy Ruxpin was an animatronic children’s toy, in the form of a talking bear. The bear’s mouth and eyes moved while “reading” stories which were played on an audio tape cassette deck built into its back and was one of my favourite toys way back in the 1980’s.
My Friend Freddy Bear looks very similar but of course it is bang up to date with a bluetooth feature and a free app where you type personal details into, such as favourite toys, friends, pets and birthdays, and Freddy Bear will incorporate them into the things he says, for example “Let’s play with your blue car. Your sister, Eliza, told me it’s your favourite toy.”
Freddy takes minimal set up, simply insert 3 AA batteries and select your language using the slider button and you are ready to go.
Also contained within the app, compatible with iOS and Android smart devices, are various activities which will enhance fine motor and basic language skills. Simply connect Freddy Bear to the device using Bluetooth Wireless Technology, and choose from interactive stories, learning games, counting exercises and more. There are three levels of complexity for the activities so parents can choose the level that’s right for their child.
Freddy Bear can also be played with when not connected to a smart device. His animated mouth, tip and touch sensors work anywhere, any time. He’ll giggle when tickled and complain when tipped upside-down. Well, wouldn’t you?
Incorporating advanced software systems which actively block bad words from being entered into Freddy’s vocabulary, parents have the peace of mind that their children are learning and developing with the help of a truly unique friend and although Freddy is aimed at Sebby’s age, all three of my little ones adore him.
I have to admit that his voice freaked me out at first, he sounds a bit like a mad Professor, but he talks in English and not American like so many toys do these days.
My Friend Freddy Bear is available from leading retailers nationwide from Summer 2015 priced around £39.99.