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Finally, a toy you can have a real conversation with!
1,226 backers pledged £68,121 to help bring this project to life.

To everyone who has helped us reach our target of £30,000 a huge thank you.

Posted by Supertoy Robotics (Creator)

To everyone who has helped us reach our target of £30,000 a huge thank you.

I would like to thank my co-founder and co-inventor Karsten, for without him there would be no teddy. To add to this, there are so many more people I would like to thank... most of whom have freely given their time. A special thanks to Karsten's team, and to the wonderful friends on Linkedin - there really are too many to mention! But I must mention Don Gibbs veteran Toy industry expert, Khan Imran also for creating what I believe will be a fantastic robot, Meagan Meehan for her passion in Entertainment and Education, Peter Wachtel an amazing toy creator of over 500 toys, Elio Giannatempo an amazing teacher and friend and a host of other people I don't have space to thank. To Kickstarter, for giving us this opportunity, thank you, to Ray Kurzweil and his assistant Amara D. Angelica and a very very special Thank you to Mr. Stephen Fry, whose generosity I can never repay. Last but certainly not least, I give a massive thank you to all you Kickstarter backers because without you this dream would have stayed in the films, Thank You for bringing Supertoy to life. 

It may disappoint some of you to hear this, but I was told off for offering too many costumes. I'm afraid the last four will have to wait! In the mean time, I wanted to say something, and perhaps explain to some of you my personal motivation for creating Supertoy Teddy. I think many of you will be able to relate to what I say. If anything, I hope this helps to show my sincere passion for creating our toy.

If someone asked me where the idea came from, it would be a very difficult question to answer, as it is built upon my life experience – starting all the way from childhood. As some of you may know, growing up as an only child can be difficult. Without siblings to play with, we fill our hours with imagination. Personally, I spent a lot of my time reading, and this is where I first encountered Science Fiction. (May I applaud here all science fiction writers for having the vision to dream of the future). My favourite author was Asimov. I must have read every single book he wrote. His writing helped me to imagine my own robotic companion, but it eventually dawned on me (like I think it does on all kids) that there was nothing like this in real life.

Moving on into adulthood, most of us have seen films on robots such as “2001: A Space Odyssey”, “AI: Artificial Intelligence” and even more recent additions such as “Robot and Frank”. I think these films show humanity's fascination with robots. They also attempt to explain their purpose, or at least what this will become.

But I think we are a lot closer than many people realise. That's why I'm doing this. With advancing technology, I saw a way to turn science fiction into science fact. And with your help, together, I know we can now make it happen. xxx

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      William Francis Judge on

      LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Jovanni R. on

      Many congratulations!!!!!!

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      Edmund Harkin on

      Great news. Many congrats.

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      David Baron on

      Yes, a hearty mazel-tov! Great news.

      And if we have all these nice costumes ... if a dress the teddy as a cowboy, have it BE a cowboy, etc. Have a chip in the costume a la smartcard or NFC. Dress it as an astronaut, be an astronaut, etc.

    5. Brian Levinsen
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      Yay!, Congratulations!!, With 22 days to go, any plans for stretch goals?