At first glance, the teddy bear reminded me of the bear toy in A.I. (Artificial Intelligence by Steven Spielberg) who could walk, jump, play and speak. But Kuma is in fact a full size teddy bear phone. To use it, you need to pick the teddy bear up and put it’s snout near to your ear as if it is whispering to you. Cute?
I think the bear is rather cute but because it is a phone, it would be rather odd to see a grown person holding a bear to their ears on the streets. It would be fine if it was a kid of 4 to 12 years old because as soon as they reach 13, the bear would be a bane of their existence.
Kuma was a hit at the 2008 Good Design Expo. Quite ironic since it is a design of that is not affordable (not $$ but in function). It is too big to be carried around unless you want to lug it around like a child. But if that is your cup of tea, why not?
The phone bear is priced at $500 each and that can save up to four speed dial numbers.
Company who made Kuma Bear: Willcom