Teddy Bears have been around for over 100 years, but it does not stop inventors and designers from creating wacky new methods of using, changing, or (in some instances) destroying them!
In the innovative to the kitsch, the world of Teddy Bears is filled with 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 simpler at your wedding! Rather than 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 great deal 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 makers, Sunamiya– utilises the science supporting their paintball guns to push the Teddy Bear via a transparent barrel, high into the air with a simple ‘click’ of the trigger.
Luckily, no Teddy Bears are injured by means of such a contraption as each bear is fitted with their miniature parachute, so that they glide safely and back down to Earth to wish the bride and groom well in their journey.
At a first glance this is only a normal, adorable Teddy Bear, but as soon as you pull off its head (Yes, you’re expected to decapitate this bad Teddy Bear!) , it becomes a USB memory stick, with the mind acting as the cap.
Once plugged in, it seems like the Teddy Bear has been sucked into your PC! Poor thing. Perhaps someone had a score to settle? We’re not too certain if, or even if these Teddy Bears will return to the market. So in the event you don’t feel like waiting to learn, 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 has been developed to serve as a robotic companion for the sick, elderly or infirm that are not able to enjoy the existence of actual creatures, and the benefits this can bring. The thought of this ‘Huggable’ was born following clinical trials demonstrated that animals can decrease stress levels in patients, but a few- because of allergies or local restrictions- aren’t able, or allowed to get access to these animals.
Making use of the most recent sensate-skin technology, cameras from the eyes, microphones in the ears, wireless technologies and data collection methods, the Teddy Bear has been designed to react to touch in how a real creature would, and communicate in a suitable manner.
The objective is to provide a very helpful tool for care providers that’s emotionally pleasing and provides real, measurable health benefits to patients. This must be the most innovative, forward thinking, technologically packed Teddy Bear we have ever seen!
Appealing to Teddy Bear lovers all over the world, a nifty little Teddy Bear MP3 player, capable of storing 128mb of sound, using a USB connection, and a liberal $78 price tag, seems set to become one of the most useful and functional Teddy Bears accessible, without compromising on cuteness.
Made by Tomy, and weighing in at just 50g (excluding battery), this fairly retro looking merchandise will provide you around 8 hours of playback from one AA battery!
As soft and as reassuring 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 entirely different to furnish their house, ‘Mido’ is an upholstered Easy Chair, shaped like a Teddy Bear, initially displayed at the Agate Gallery, Stockholm as a part of an impressive solo exhibition.
No, this is not the hottest military job, but a Teddy Bear fitted with the most recent and most innovative technology. The Teddy Bear has been 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 distant location to allow them to ‘schedule a repertoire for a kid’. The options seem endless!
Originally, this Teddy Bear was developed to plainly track somebody’s movement around a space, but since then, the entire project has exploded, and future strategies to the Teddy Bear will take this toy into an remarkable level of sophistication.
This might be the strangest and most disturbing Teddy Bear I’ve ever come across, and slots into our ‘weird’ category flawlessly!
Called the somewhat reassuring ‘TeddyBearBand’, this ‘cuddly toy’ was surprisingly designed by Philippe Starck who asserts that ‘an overabundance of toys promotes adultery’ in children, causing him to make this sort of hybrid of Teddy Bears/soft toys which seemingly meets all of a child’s needs!
With this Teddy Bear using a rabbit for a hand, and a puppy to get a foot, it packs more animals to a cuddly toy compared to the typical Teddy Bear, but I am concerned about the dreams I will be having tonight after seeing this thing, let combined the effect it will have on a young child.
This marginally odd-looking Teddy Bear, designed by the designer Leah Culver, doubles as an all-purpose remote controller.
While keeping it’s softness and child-like allure, 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 adjust the volume with a gentle pinch of this ear.
We really enjoy this one!
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– that does a little jig once you finally reach your destination– will mock you!
This is a terrific, laugh-out-loud Teddy Bear, designed and manufactured in (you guessed it!) Japan, is going to 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 in Wookey Hole Caves, it was no ordinary Teddy Bear that became one of her victims
Mabel, made in Germany in 1909, who formerly 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, exhibited at Wookey Hole Caves, Somerset. Mabel– purchased 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 floor among the remains of the Teddy Bears, with “Heads pulled off, arms, arms and there, it was a whole carnage really. I have never seen such a mess, there was stuffing, fluff and keep bits everywhere.”
Can our Teddy Bears have feelings too?
With so many weird and great things happening in the Teddy Bear world, it makes you wonder if our cuddly friends have emotions and feelings of their own. Can they come awake at night and recall our moments of cruelty?
Perhaps it’s sometimes true that we form connections with all the inanimate objects we surround ourselves with and finally humanise our Teddy Bears, and in doing this, we start treating them like they have human emotions- pain, fear, love. In any case, here in Funky Bears, we are sure the mad Teddy Bear creations will continue, and we can not wait to see the upcoming weird or terrific thoughts that people in the same sector as ourselves will produce!