Tuesday, September 22, 2015

My Friend Teddy - Interactive Toy Review

I received product for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
My younger nieces think their aunt Terra is cool.  Especially when I introduce them to new toys.  Recently, they were able to play around with My Friend Teddy.  It definitely upped my coolness factor when they got to interact with My Friend Teddy.
 
My Friend Teddy is a teddy bear that interacts with users via Bluetooth with a special app.  Some of its fun features are being able to talk and interact with you, play games, share photos, and read stories. 

Before interacting with My Friend Teddy, users first need to follow some instructions.  An Apple or Android device is needed for the bear to fully function.  Then you need to search for an download the "My Friend Teddy" app, which is free.  An adult needs to install three AA batteries in the slot located on its back.  The batteries are not included, and will need to be purchased separately.  For My Friend Teddy to work, the On/Off Switch needs to be in the ON position.  After those steps are completed, users can launch the app after syncing up with Bluetooth.  A microphone, speaker, and sensors are located internally.

An internet connection isn't required for all functions.  A lot of it can be done offline.  My Friend Teddy's interactive response time works best with a strong and moderately fast WiFi signal and updated smart device.  When our WiFi signal was weak, we noticed that Teddy was hard to understand or would break up in speech.  When the signal was strong, Teddy's words came out clearly.
 
My Friend Teddy can be personalized towards your child by answering questions on the app.  The more questions you answer, the more personalized the bear is to your child.  Other features include activities, story time, and photo albums. 
 
I think there could be some minor improvements made for My Friend Teddy to be a top-star interactive toy but, for the most part, it is engaging and entertaining.