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18:29 29 March 2016

KDDI develops teddy bear-shaped communication tool

TOKYO, March 29, Kyodo

KDDI Corp. said Tuesday it has developed a communication tool in the shape of a teddy bear that is suitable for use by young children and grandparents living apart to stay close to each other.

The "Comi Kuma" bear has 12 built-in censors and a Bluetooth module to work in sync with a smartphone. If a user kisses a Comi Kuma bear, for instance, a corresponding image showing a bear kissing another bear will appear on the display in the ribbon worn by a bear belonging to another user.

Because it does not require the use of keyboard or buttons, even senior citizens and young children who are not familiar with smartphones can easily send each other greetings or express affection, the telecom company said.

A total of 11 images, including those for expressing "good morning," "hey," or "I'm tired," can be shown on the display by touching various parts of the stuffed animal or putting them in different positions.

KDDI has yet to decide on when it will selling the product or its price.

==Kyodo

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