Kuma Phone teddy bear from Willcom
During the 2008 Good Design Expo , Willcon displayed their Kuma concept phone to the adoring public. The Kuma is a stuffed bear that can hold a phone sim card and can actually be used to send and receive voice phone calls.
Not really sure if I would give this a thumbs-up or thumbs-down. Cuteness factor is a thumbs-up definitely. I love how technology is used here, and how it completes the cuteness of the person using it. Function for me is a little questionable, would you agree. Here are my points towards the function thumbs-down:
- Size – too big, wouldn’t fit a ladies bag.
- Maintainability – sure those fluffy furs look cute now, but I’d wait for about a month or two and I bet it wouldn’t be as fluffy to hold.
- Dialing – you can pre-set it to 4 telephone numbers, one for each paw. If you press a paw, it dials a number. but what if you have to call another person who’s not pre-set? bummer.
- Price – at US$500 per teddy, I’m sure you’d settle for a good Nokia PDA phone instead.