If you’re a parent who’s just upgraded to an iPhone 5, or you have an old iPhone or iPod looking for a new home – or job – Arbor Cube may have a solution – the company’s new toy – the iBuku Pet – turns your old iPhone or iPod Touch into an eco-friendly interactive toy for kids.
The toy satisfies your little one’s constant desire to see why you find your smartphone or iPod so fascinating, by providing them the opportunity to have their own entertaining and educational experience with an Apple device. Arbor Cube’s toy combines a sturdy doll to protect protect your device from kiddie accidents, spills and mishaps – with free apps that feature funky characters and environmentally themed storylines to keep kids engaged.
The apps take children on adventures through a fictional rainforest with a playful cast of characters who will engage kids in fun and games while imparting valuable lessons about recycling and protecting the world from pollution. Characters interact, talk and even sing along with kids. The company intends to keep the free apps constantly updated with new adventures, lessons and features.
Made from a cushy, kid-safe, non-toxic, Phthalate-Free, PVC-Free, BPA-Free and AZO Dye Free material, the iBuku Pet doll is designed to be washable and easy-to-clean. The toys are lightweight enough for kids of all ages to carry, but durable enough to protect a phone from a tumble down the stairs. With additional apps the iBuku Pet can be used as a night light, alarm clock or even a lantern. For additional battery power, iBuku Pets will offer an optional integrated battery back up (sold separately).
Arbor Cube has a bunch of ways for you to get an iBuku Pet toy by investing in their start-up on Kickstarter – you can get a toy and app by investing as little as $35. The toy will start shipping to consumers in December.
FYI: iBuKu Pets was voted Best Tech Toy of the 2012 International Toy Fair.