Photograph by John B. Carnett

No Crank Calls Please The PopSci staff was split on the merits of Wabi Buddy, a 15-inch stuffed bear that talks to your kids in your voice. Just call a PIN-protected phone number and leave a message for your little one. The bear giggles and its bracelet lights–your kid squeezes the bear’s belly and hears your message. Wabi Buddy stores 5 minutes of messages and works 500 feet from its 900MHz base station. A cellular version will be available next year. Price: $49 to $59 for the bear, $0.10 per minute for calls.