Teddy Bears have been around for over 100 years, but it does not stop designers and inventors from creating wacky new methods of using, altering, or (in some instances) destroying them!
From the innovative to the kitsch, the world of Teddy Bears is full of inventive new ideas, which range from the wonderfully touching, to the downright bizarre!
Surprisingly, this is not a joke! This Japanese ‘toy’ has actually been designed to make life easier at your wedding! Instead of throwing confetti at the wedding couple, the Japanese go one step further and throw Teddy Bears!
Obviously, someone somewhere in Japan realised that this convention could be made a whole lot simpler if they had a gun to ‘throw’ the Teddy Bears for them, and so created the Teddy Bear Gun.
This contraption– produced by Japanese paintball gun manufacturers, Sunamiya– utilises the science behind their paintball guns to push the Teddy Bear via a transparent barrel, high into the air with a simple ‘click’ of the trigger.
Fortunately, no Teddy Bears are injured by means of such a contraption as each bear is fitted with their own mini parachute, so they glide safely and gracefully back down to Earth to wish the bride and groom well in their journey.
That’s right, a data-storing Teddy Bear! At a first glance this is only a normal, cute Teddy Bear, but once you pull its head off (Yes, you are required to decapitate this poor Teddy Bear!) , it suddenly becomes a USB memory stick, with the head acting as the cap.
Once plugged in, it appears as though the Teddy Bear is being sucked into your PC! Poor thing. Perhaps someone had a score to settle? We’re not too certain when, or even if these Teddy Bears will come on to the market. So in the event you don’t feel like waiting to find out, it can not be that difficult to pull apart one of your much loved cuddly toys…
The ‘Huggable’ Teddy Bear certainly fits into our ‘wonderful’ category!
This Teddy Bear is being developed to act as a robotic companion for the sick, elderly or infirm who are unable to enjoy the existence of real animals, and the benefits this can bring. The thought of the ‘Huggable’ was born after clinical trials proved that animals can decrease stress levels in patients, but a few- due to allergies or local restrictions- are not able, or allowed to get access to such animals.
Making use of the latest sensate-skin technology, cameras from the eyes, microphones in the ears, wireless technology and data collection methods, the Teddy Bear has been intelligently designed to respond to touch in how a real animal would, and then communicate in an appropriate manner.
The objective is to provide a helpful tool for care providers that’s emotionally pleasing and provides real, measurable health benefits to Mims Wildlife Removal. This must be the most advanced, forward thinking, technologically packed Teddy Bear we have ever seen!
Teddy Bear MP3 Player
Appealing to Teddy Bear fans all over the world, a nifty little Teddy Bear MP3 player, capable of storing 128mb of audio, using a USB connection, and a liberal $78 price tag, seems set to become one of the most useful and functional Teddy Bears available, without compromising on cuteness.
Made by Tomy, and weighing in at only 50g (excluding battery), this rather retro looking product will provide you around 8 hours of playback from a single AA battery!
As soft and as comforting as a ‘real’ Teddy Bear, this bizarre Teddy Bear Chair was made by furniture designer Matti Klenell. Fantastic for any Teddy Bear lover searching for something completely different to furnish their home, ‘Mido’ is an upholstered Easy Chair, shaped like a Teddy Bear, originally displayed at the Agate Gallery, Stockholm as a part of an impressive solo exhibition.
The Evil Spy Robot Teddy Bear
No, this is not the hottest military project, but a Teddy Bear fitted with the latest and most advanced technology. The Teddy Bear is being designed to respond to the Teddy Bear’s owners’ voice, movements and even facial expressions!
With Microsoft showcasing a high tech Spy Robot Teddy Bear in the TechFest trade fair, the stage looks set for additional investment and development into intelligent Teddy Bears capable of recording minutes of your kid’s day, reading them a book, as well as linking to a parent’s system in a remote location to allow them to ‘schedule a repertoire for a child’. The possibilities seem endless!
Originally, this Teddy Bear was designed to plainly track someone’s movement around a space, but since then, the entire project has exploded, and future plans to the Teddy Bear will take this toy into an remarkable level of sophistication.
The Creepy Teddy Bear
This may be the strangest and most disturbing Teddy Bear I’ve ever come across, and slots into our ‘weird’ category perfectly!
Called the somewhat reassuring ‘TeddyBearBand’, this ‘cuddly toy’ was surprisingly designed by Philippe Starck who claims that ‘an overabundance of toys fosters infidelity’ in children, leading him to make this kind of hybrid of Teddy Bears/soft toys that apparently meets all of a child’s needs!
With this Teddy Bear using a bunny for a hand, and a puppy for a foot, it packs more animals into a cuddly toy compared to the typical Teddy Bear, but I’m worried about the dreams I’ll be having tonight after seeing this thing, let along the effect it’ll have on a young child.
The Teddy Bear Remote Control
This slightly odd-looking Teddy Bear, designed by the innovative designer Leah Culver, doubles as an all-purpose remote control.
While maintaining it’s softness and child-like appeal, this Teddy Bear makes a remarkably powerful, fully functional remote control. Squeeze the Teddy Bear’s torso to play/pause your own program or film, and change the volume with a soft pinch of the ear.
We really like this one! Slightly weird, but also somewhat wonderful!
GPS Navigation Teddy Bear
This cheeky but fun GPS-fitted Teddy Bear (Navirobo) sits on your dash and directs you to your destination. But heaven forbid if you take a wrong turn, for your cuddly companion– who does a little jig once you finally reach your destination– will mock you!
This is a great, laugh-out-loud Teddy Bear, designed and manufactured in (you guessed it!) Japan, will be a excellent addition to your dashboard which will make your long journeys home far less tedious!
When Barney the guard dog went on a rampage at Wookey Hole Caves, it was no ordinary Teddy Bear that became one of her victims
Mabel, made in Germany in 1909, who previously belonged to none other than the King himself– Elvis Presley– lay mortally wounded, surrounded by the remains of nearly a hundred rare Teddy Bears, ruined by the foul-tempered Doberman Pinscher.
The Teddy Bears were on loan at the time of the assault, displayed at Wookey Hole Caves, Somerset. Mabel– bought for $40,000 by Sir Benjamin Slade, an avid collector of Elvis memorabilia– was, not-surprisingly, the star attraction.
Barney, who was supposed to be guarding the Teddy Bear collection, worth over #400,000 was wrestled to the ground among the remains of the Teddy Bears, with “Heads pulled off, arms, legs here and there, it was a total carnage really. I have never seen such a mess, there was stuffing, fluff and keep bits everywhere.”
Sir Benjamin was, understandably, not best pleased!
Can our Teddy Bears have feelings too?
With so many weird and wonderful things happening in the Teddy Bear world, it makes you wonder if our cuddly friends have feelings and emotions of their own. What would they think of the crazy ideas we have for Teddy Bears? Can they come awake at night and recall our moments of cruelty?
Perhaps it’s sometimes true that we form connections with the inanimate objects that we surround ourselves with and eventually humanise our Teddy Bears, and in doing this, we begin treating them as if they have human emotions- pain, fear, love. In any case, here at Funky Bears, we’re sure the crazy Teddy Bear creations will continue, and we can’t wait to see the upcoming weird or terrific thoughts that people in the same sector as ourselves will produce!