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Phone-Controlled Dolls

The Smart Doll is a Toy Designed to be Controlled by Smartphones

— July 3, 2013 — Tech
Designer Danny Choo has recently created a doll that can be controlled by smartphones. This adds an interesting technological aspect to playtime. Choo turned a preexisting Japanese doll called Mirai Suenaga into what he calls a Smart Doll.

Living dolls sound like some people's worst nightmare. Realistic dolls can be rather frightening, so moving dolls seem twice as scary. However this product is sure to be enjoyed by kids. It's interesting because while dolls are for children, smartphones are typically for adults (or teens). This product seems to encourage giving younger children smartphones, which is a clever way to push for increased smartphone use in families.

Choo is currently looking into improving the movements and responses of this smartphone operated doll. The Smart Doll blends toys and technology in a new and interesting way.
Trend Themes
1. Smartphone-controlled Toys - The trend of toys being controlled by smartphones offers innovative opportunities for interactive play experiences and the integration of technology.
2. Tech-enhanced Dolls - The rise of dolls equipped with technology presents disruptive innovation opportunities for the toy industry, allowing for more immersive and interactive play experiences.
3. Child-friendly Smartphones - The trend of integrating smartphones into toys creates a market for child-friendly smartphones, promoting digital literacy and early adoption of technology.
Industry Implications
1. Toy Manufacturing - Toy manufacturers can explore the development of smartphone-controlled toys to tap into the growing market demand for interactive and tech-enhanced play experiences.
2. Mobile Technology - The mobile technology industry can leverage the trend of smartphone-controlled toys to create child-friendly smartphone features and applications catering to young users.
3. Digital Entertainment - The digital entertainment industry can capitalize on the trend of tech-enhanced dolls by creating engaging and interactive digital content that complements smartphone-controlled toys.
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