A teddy bear arouses in us memories of a soft, cherished piece of fur, or even of auntie's high-class collection of teddies. Now designer Bruno Oro de Abreu wants to revolutionise every child's best friend and give it a new role as the best teacher, too. The aim of Dilus, an electronic teddy bear, is to stimulate children's conversation, socialisation and learning. Thanks to holographic technology children can interact with the bear, which is possible by email, Bluetooth, Messenger and other systems.
The surface of the new friend can be designed individually and adapted to the child's personal preferences. But isn't it a social phenomenon that we accept our friends as they are?
The project was originally launched during field research with children who have to spend a long time in hospital. The bear is intended to offset the effects of isolation, such as missed lessons and lack of social interaction. Human contact is simulated by polymers which have been integrated in the bear and are easy on the skin.
There remains the question if this is the answer of a depleted fantasy of a new kid's generation or just the contemporary changes of a new generation of toys.