It was always something of a childhood dream: a teddy bear that would wake up and become a real, live companion. Teddy Ruxpin, the storytelling bear with a cassette player inside, tried. Then there was the somewhat horrifying yet mysteriously wildly popular Furby.
The smartphone, though, seems to be unlocking some previously untapped interactivity potential.
Enter Supertoy: a teddy bear currently seeking funding on Kickstarter that uses virtual-assistant-style software to hold real conversations. Think of it as Siri meets Ted, with the added ability to tell stories, and minus the ruder elements of Ted's personality. … Read more