Tablets and smartphones are to kids like pollen to bees. There is no way you can turn a child’s attention elsewhere once they spot your device.
So instead of fighting the inevitable – your iPad will be in that drooling two-year-olds mouth faster than you can say “but it’s new!” – why not cover your device in a fluffy, cute and drool-proof cover?
That is the idea behind Seebo, an Israeli startup, which created little stuffed animals to wrap around your smartphone or tablet – keeping both your child happy and the device safe from unwanted scratches and falls.
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Wise Pet, the name of the fluffy friends, has a transparent pocket in which a tablet or a smartphone can be placed. Beyond its protective qualities, the toy can also be operated by a unique app that makes WisePet move and talk. According to Seebo, each toy develops a character based on its interactions, activities, and preferences with its owner.
The interactive app is available for free in apple’s App Store, and an Android version is in the works for Google Play. The robot itself has three prototypes for smartphones and two for tablets. The smartphone protectors are compatible with all iPhones, iPods, and Samsung Galaxy, while the tablet protectors are compatible with iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Sony Tablet, and BlackBerry Playbook.
Seebo recently launched a KickStarter project, and has already raised over $61,000 – $11,000 more than the original $50,000 it is seeking. The app will come in iOS & Android versions, and the company plans to develop more sophisticated prototypes.
Seebo was established in 2010 by Israelis Andrey Shirben and brothers Liran and Lior Akavia.
Photos courtesy of Seebo