Cute or Creepy?

A stuffed bear that talks to your kids in your voice.

Photograph by John B. Carnett

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.