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Buddy The Interactive Teddy Bear

My idea is for the Zero to Five challenge. I would like to create an affordable low cost interactive teddy bear that will be the child's best friend for the first five years of life. The teddy bear is equipped with technology that will allow it to be interactive and educate the child through fun interactive activities.

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Buddy the teddy bear is intended to be with the childs first 5 years of life. Buddy, will be interactive and will inform, educate, and accompany the child as the he/she carries out  daily functions.The teddy bear will be able to track the child progress through education tracking software. Buddy will be programmed to sing lullabies,  add numbers, teach shapes, and educate the child in important life matters such as health through story time readings. Buddy will be  designed to keep the child entertained and interacted through an array of child activities. Buddy the teddy bear will be affordable, durable and washable. All the technology will reside in Buddy's  head which will be detachable for whenever Buddy requires cleaning.      

Who will benefit from this idea and where are they located?

Buddy is designed to be affordable in order for low income families to benefit from it. The toddler will benefit from Buddy the Teddy Bear as it is meant to be interactive, educational, informative, provide entertainment, and accompany the child's as his/her best friend for the next five years.

How could you test this idea in a quick and low-cost way right now?

Find or develop a program that will execute the functions of teaching and tracking progress, Create a prototype and test functionality.

What kind of help would you need to make your idea real?

Would require help from program developers to develop a program designed to educate, inform, entertain a child while tracking the educational progress the child has made, and that will make Buddy available for updates throughout the five years of interaction with the child.

Is this an idea that you or your organization would like to take forward?

  • Yes. I am looking for partners that might be interested in taking this idea forward in their communities.


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This is lovely idea, Eli, kids will be willing to learn from their Teddy Bear saying "I would like to wash your hands now as you are going to have this fruit". There might be a number of scenarios programmed into a Teddy Bear activated from day to day. I really like this way of education, much more than hading people a pile of brochures. Thank you Eli. we'll need this kind of approaches in our project
so please join our team and give us more fresh and inspiring ideas like this one

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Thank you Stan,
I'm really looking for someone to join me in this effort and help strategize and execute my idea. I believe it is a great idea and would be amazing to see it become a reality.

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we could try to use your idea in our project
do you have a plan to execute your idea?

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No Stan,

So far it is just an idea me and a friend came up with after our instructor assigned this challenge to us for extra credit.

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How would will be able to integrate this with your project?

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