WikiBear is the New Teddy Ruxpin, Uses Wikipedia for His Brains [Video]

With a direct connection to Wikipedia, WikiBear is truly the world’s smartest teddy bear. That is because this interactive teddy resorts to crowd sourced knowledge for his brains. Unveiled at Toy Fair, WikiBear uses Bluetooth to connect to a free app running on a smartphone or tablet, which in turn gives him access to WikiPedia and to other various sources on the web for knowledge.


And it gets even better! The 11” brown bear is interactive, and will respond to most questions. His mouth even moves as he talks, and his built in speaker has an adjustable volume control.

Unfortunately, the demo unit we played with in the video above is still a prototype, so it was buggy and struggling to perform in a noisy convention environment. Also, the voice being used by WikiBear in the video is not his final voice and will be improved before his final release. That said, we were still smitten with WikiBear and how adorable he is. We also appreciate how they have designed his personality with a touch of humor. Oh, and he is also pretty cuddly and is sure to be a hit when he is finally released on store shelves in late summer.


But perhaps what is so unique about Wikibear is that unlike traditional interactive toys that have came before him, WikiBear’s knowledge base will always be updated and current thanks to its reliance on Wikipedia. A teddy bear that gives cuddles and is smart! I want one.

Could WikiBear be this generation’s Teddy Ruxpin? He certainly has the potential to be. WikiBear will be available from Commonwealth Toys in September.



  1. I guess I’ve been put into some kind of mourning, not only because of the indefinite lengths of time for me to wait before filing any appeals to Wikipedia’s Ban Appeals Sub-committee by AGK or even find myself in the shaming room of Wikipedia: the List of Banned Users, I try and protect my life where I was personally involved in trying avoid this very situation but also the deliberate misleading of me into one of the obnoxious and offensive aspects of Wikipedia – the blocks to prevent disruptive edits and, once the threat of disruption was gone, it became unneccessary. I suppose my voice won’t make much of a change in this particular instance, and I feel fooled, offended, somewhat betrayed, for offering what seems a “soft approach” compared to this current state of affairs on Wikipedia. I’ve written a letter to you because of the world of rules by these people, especially BatteryIncluded himself, all of which was seemingly undermined by his administrative minions from the very beginning. This situation has become more and more emphasised and contentious with the multiple incidents (e.g. the inventing of fabricated facts) highlighting the alleged misuses (some would call failues) and lack of understanding combined with an undue care attention. I am saddened (I was banned from filing further appeals to WP:BASC as they are no longer allowed ever and they would be declined and rejected in less than a day without any further reason), not least shocked by these unilateral actions, however I do accept that they are true, as what you’ve wrote on Examiner.

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