I’ve seen the “Chucky Bear”


Its a little scary opening up my blog posting UI while sitting at our annual Microsoft Research “Techfest” that is for “Blue Badge” employees only.  But hey, I figure I can talk about stuff that ABC news gets to cover.  Yes, I’ve seen the prototype bear in action. And yes, when I walked by and it started tracking me I was initially frightened.  My second thought was that it reminded me of “teddy” from the movie “AI”…. still slightly creeped out. 🙂

Then I heard the pitch, realized that what they have is merely a prototype, and thought “in a world with electronic dogs for pets, why not electronic teddy bears for a child’s friend?”  I remember how disappointed I was, as a child, when it turned out that Teddy Ruxpin was only reading from pre-recorded tapes. Maybe future generations of kids won’t have to live with that disappointment. 🙂

Comments (2)

  1. Steven says:

    I’ll put on my tinfoil hat everytime I pass a toystore…

  2. Joku says:

    I can’t remember where, but I just recently saw a video of humanoid form robot taking voice commands and moving some flat piece of wood in relation to how the human in the other end of the piece of wood moved it.

    Other pretty interesting concept is those "power legs" that the army is interested in for foot soldiers, just imagine running and jumping like a superman with very heavy load on you and still feeling like you had practically no extra weight on you. Cool toy for every kid 🙂