The Ubooly is both an adorable plush toy and an educational, kid-friendly iPhone app, packaged together to bring smiles to the faces of kids and their parents.
Why We Love It
Meet Ubooly - Part stuffed animal, part iOS app. First download the free Ubooly app, then zip an iPhone (3GS, 4, 4S, and 5) or iPod Touch (4G and 5) into the adorable furry toy and watch Ubooly spring to life.
Designed for kids aged 4-9, Ubooly provides hours of entertainment and has a very simple and intuitive interface. It responds to touch as well as simple voice commands like “yes” and “no”, or even “lets play a game” or “tell me a joke”. Ubooly narrates stories about different subjects and incorporates learning into every aspect in a very subtle but amazing way. And when you can’t decide, just give Ubooly a toss in the air for some laughs. With the Ubooly's cushy exterior, your phone will always be protected from those accidental (or intentional) drops.
When you take Ubooly out of the plush stuffed animal, Ubooly transforms into the ultimate Tamagotchi. It has a small virtual apartment that you can outfit with custom gear and toys as you collect coins in the various games in the app. From a pirate attack to a coin catching, pit dodging, fast moving side-scroller, the games are good enough to stand on their own. Remember to feed and rest Ubooly though, all of the gaming will make Ubooly tired.
Best of all, Ubooly is customizable with a web portal that lets parents tailor the Ubooly experience based on a child’s interests, age, and gender. With the recently released 2.0 version of the iOS app, Ubooly has opened up an incredible educational platform that gives parents the ability to load lessons wirelessly onto Ubooly from https://lab.ubooly.com/. From basic Spanish to interactive and engaging lessons on Space, and even a helper lesson that encourages kids to brush their teeth for two minutes, Ubooly is poised to become a very powerful educational platform. Six learning and helper apps are currently available costing between $1-$3 each, and more are going to be released every month.
Check out this video made by Ubooly Inc. that goes through the educational features of the Ubooly Lab.
Why We Love It
Have you ever watched a kid play with an iPhone or an iPad? It is one of the most mystifying experiences, because for the most part, they seem to be instinctively better at it than us “olds”. The iPhone is a fantastic learning tool for children, and the number of educational and kid-friendly apps has been growing exponentially. What is exceptional about the Ubooly though, is that it is not only smart software, but software with a kid-friendly wrapper (AKA a stuffed animal). It captures imaginations and inspires curiosity that is rarely found in other toys.