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Fisher-Price Smart Toy Bear
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- Voice Recognition: Talks and listens and remembers what your child says—the two of them can have actual conversations!
- Image Recognition: Visually recognizes the 9 Smart Cards included so your child can choose activities like stories, games and adventures!
- Learns your child’s favorite things and activities
- Knows when you toss him in the air (with a little help from his accelerometer)
- Knows the time of day, weather and world events
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Smart Cards let kids choose the fun!
Comes with 9 activity cards
When kids show Smart Toy Bear a Smart Card, he sees it and knows which activity they’ve chosen to do. Kids can choose from creative drawing games to interactive story time to a sweet dance party and more. Cards include calendar, games, adventures, drawing, music, snack time, stories, times, & brushing.
Voice recognition engages the child
Voice Recognition: Talks and listens and remembers what your child says—the two of them can have actual conversations!
Entertainment without a tablet screen
Learns your child’s favorite things and activities!
Encourages imaginative storytelling
Makes up stories where your child can choose what happens next!
Make sure the fun app-solutely never ends!
The Secure Smart Toy: Parents App
Download the free app at smarttoy.com/app to unlock unlimited Wi-Fi content updates and help Smart Toy learn your child’s name.
Makes brushing teeth fun!
Parents can unlock bonus activities with the app such as bedtime, clean-up, break time and party time!
Never transmits any personally identifiable data. Ever.
No Personal Identifiable Data is transmitted by Smart Toy
And there is more!
Make the play even smarter! Look for Smart Card expansion packs to expand the play. (Each sold separately and subject to availability)
Who knew Smart could be so cute? Meet Smart Toy Bear – an interactive learning friend with all the brains of a computer, without the screen. The more your child plays with Smart Toy, the more this remarkable furry friend adapts to create personalized adventures the two of them will love! Sounds like the start of a true friendship– one that will help your child grow socially and emotionally, too. And thanks to unlimited Wi-Fi content updates through the free app, the fun never ends! What makes Smart Toy so smart? Revolutionary technology! Smart Toy listens and adapts to your child to figure out their favorite activities. With the help of voice and image recognition, Smart Toy recognizes your child’s voice and his Smart Cards so your child can choose what they want to do! And remember, with unlimited Wi-Fi content updates, there’s something new to learn and do every day. BTW parents: NO PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE DATA is transmitted by Smart Toy. Good news, right?
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Top customer reviews
Definitely worth it if you get it as a Warehouse Deal or on sale. I wanted this particular one, but Toys R Us will have the Monkey and Bear on sale for $29.99 online and in store for Black Friday. They offered it as an early one day deal on their online store and on eBay as well but it didn't include the Panda. Of course I wanted the Panda one. I believe it is the newest designed version of the toy.
From reading reviews, it seems many folks didn't read the directions [...] that came with it for some of the more simple issues. They aren't the most detailed at all, yet they do help. I went to the actual web site to assist with any trouble shooting, etc.
Open this previous to gift giving and set it up. I know you want them to get it in the box, but really it is worth it to do the setup first. If you want to go though the hassle of putting it back in the box after you set it up. By all means go for it.
Best for Children Age 2 and Up in my opinion. Because it is at 2 that children start to explore playing with dolls or action figures. Now the advanced activity cards for the bear not so much. Yet for the basic activities and those that deal with night time activities and story reading are awesome. (Just remember reading a book to your child is not replaced by this but it does assist in language development).
!!!!****Make sure to download the App in the Android and Apple store [...] From what I can tell it is not available in the Windows store. You can run on your Chrome computer or tablet due to it being in the Google Play Store. If you have a tablet running Android or Apple, you can download the app to the tablet. The app is only needed if you want to customize the bear name (from a pre-determined list of names), add your child's name to it's database or control the activities of the bear. The app after connected will show the activity cards it comes with already scanned on it. If you don't care to do this. Don't worry about the app.****!!!! MAKE SURE TO READ STEPS BELOW BEFORE ENTERING INFO IN THE APP. MANUFACTURER LINKS MAY CHANGE AT ANYTIME. I PROVIDED THE ACTIVE LINKS AT THE TIME OF THIS REVIEW.
1ST ISSUE I SEE IN REVIEWS: I couldn't get it the bear to connect to WiFi. The directions say it should come fully charge. Ignore that, charge it first. It comes with the charging cord that is as thick as a cable cord. It takes about an hour or less to charge. Plug it to your computer, tablet or in your usb charger plug for any other device to charge or to your cell plug. IT DOES NOT COME WITH A PLUG. People complained about this too, but really, with so many ways to charge things I don't understand why this is an issue. YOU NEED TO TURN ON THE BLUETOOTH ON YOUR PHONE, TABLET OR COMPUTER TO SET UP THE BEAR.
Make sure to read the directions to know the meaning of the colors that the on button on the bottom of the left foot will change to let you know what is wrong. All else fails, take a safety pin and in the back of the bear is a little hole you insert the pin in to reset the bear. I did have to do this a couple of times before I figured out that I needed to fully charge the bear although the directions said I didn't. It wouldn't connect to anything.
2ND ISSUE: Getting the bear to say the child's name. I know it says it learns it over time, however, it is best to contact Fisher-Price, again through the product website [...] in order to add the child's name and pronunciation to the database (you will need to write how it is pronounced if not common spelling or name). I read that on the web site. I used the contact form to do so. It is by doing this, how they add the name. DO THIS AS SOON AS OR PRIOR TO YOU ENTERING THE CHILD'S NAME ON THE APP. THIS BEFORE ENTERING THE INFO ON THE APP. IT DOES TAKE THEM 2-3 DAYS BEFORE THEY RESPOND.
Know that this is how they build their name database and spellings. It is these names that can be used as the bear's name as well. If you do not want your child's name in their database, provide a nick name or initials.
3RD ISSUE: Reading the activity cards. I was so annoyed by this until, I figured out the trick. The directions say 4 inches in front of the nose (where the camera) is located. Hold the image further away than that and move it slowly towards the nose. You will hear a ding and music letting you know the card activity is recognized and being uploaded. One funny thing the bear does at times is beep for you to back up the card like a truck that is going to back into something. LOL
If you have the app on your computer devices or phone, your cards will be saved there as you scan them. IF AT ANY POINT YOU RESET THE BEAR, THE CHILD'S PROFILE WILL NEED TO BE REMOVED AND YOU WILL HAVE TO RE-ENTER EVERYTHING.
4TH ISSUE: Limited activity cards. Yes, I know there are limited cards but each one does so much stuff. The child needs to have an active imagination. I mean if the bear didn't talk, the child should still be able to play with it. Kills me when folks say, it is boring. Well when Teddy Ruxpin comes back out, if he reads all the stories are you going to say the same thing? Heck, he played a cassette tape for goodness sake and that was advanced for his time. Or the Cabbage Patch doll with expressive eyes is boring because it only expresses the same emotions over and over? What about Elmo interactive toys? I mean the dang toy it not meant to do all the work. It provides so much learning. So may be talking bears and imaginary friends aren't the child's thing. What's cool to me is it can tell you the day, time and what happened on that day as it updates.
I am sure they are working on new cards and will come out in due time. Remember last year was the first run and with everything electronic there are growing pains.
5th Issue: Mouth doesn't move. So WHAT??!! Folks, it is not that serious. I can't believe this was even mentioned. The thing runs a computer, learns from your child and the mouth not moving is a deal breaker. Oh My Gosh!
Now, I am waiting to give this as a gift. I will charge and check it out often until then.
Hope this helps. If anything changes I will update this review accordingly.
UPDATE December 20, 2016:
Thanks for forgiving typos or repeat sentences. Not to mention the Fisher-Price web address being removed. Forgot about not listing that in a review, but when you are typing on your phone, you just go. I still check the bear every few days or so for functionality and a charge. I just want to make sure it is charged for when I give it. Still waiting to give as a gift. Just a couple if days left.
Fisher-Price, can still be slow to respond on entering name. Make sure to continue to message them every two days to keep your entry on top of their radar.
I have bought this as a gift for another child (4 years old), recently, and they love it. I also suggested it to someone shopping in Toys R Us for a child with down syndrome (I believe they told me the child is 6).
First of all, it's just so darned cute. It's a good size for a kid to carry around easily. The plush fabric is extremely soft and cuddly and the bear is very well made. The eyes and nose and paw pads are all firmly attached.
Inside the body of the bear is the rechargeable battery and the electronics and the accelerometer. There is a micro USB charging port and a tiny reset hole in a small opening on the back of the neck. On the bottom of one foot is the power button that you activate by pressing firmly for a few seconds. The camera is in the end of the bear's nose.
The bear also comes with a little backpack that holds the 9 included activity cards and a micro USB charging cable.
My bear came fully charged but it takes 5 hours to charge a fully depleted battery and you get about 3 hours of playtime on a full charge.
To get the most out of your bear, you need wifi access and a free, parental app that can be installed on a smart phone or tablet. When the bear is on wifi, updates and new activities are automatically sent to the bear so it doesn't get boring or repetitious for your child. Parents can even suggest activities from the app such as cleaning their room or brushing their teeth and the bear will enthusiastically suggest those things to your child. If possible, download the app and set up an account before your child receives the toy because you can have the bear address your child by name the first time he/she turns it on!
However, your child can play with the bear outside of wifi by using the activity cards. Your child simply holds one of the cards about 4" away from the bear's nose and the bear will initiate that activity. My 5 year old granddaughter LOVES the Cave Explorer card as it is a game of imagination and she chooses this card a lot.
Different activities involve the bear asking the child to draw something specific and then asking to see the drawing and commenting on it. That's another thing my granddaughter adores.
Bear also suggests getting up and moving around on a regular basis so your child isn't just sitting with the toy.
The voice is a charming child's voice and it's very clear and understandable. Bear's demeanor is very up and happy and enthusiastic and my granddaughter is just delighted when bear suggests something new. I'm extremely impressed at Bear's vocabulary and almost all of the activities are truly educational.
Hint: If your child flashes a lot of different cards in front of the camera very quickly, the bear can get confused and stop operating or not function properly. Like any computer, it needs a reboot. You can do this by by using the reset button on the back of the neck next to the charging port.
Fisher Price says this is for children from age 3 - 8 and I believe that's the right range.
I'm very pleased with this toy based upon my granddaughter's play with it and I don't find the price outrageous for the level of sophistication and the automatic downloads of new content if you set it up to connect to your wifi network.
UPDATE: New activity cards are now available on Amazon for the very reasonable price of $7.99/pack of 9. Some are even on sale! Fisher-Price Smart Cards - Super Hero
Also, the bear does automatically update when on wifi. A couple of days ago, my granddaughter went to play with the bear and it said "Oh. I think I need to change my underwear. No, that's not right. I need to update my firmware!" It took about 25 minutes for the update to complete. I'm very pleased to see that this toy will continue to update as promised.