This month's innovation of the month was Japanese operator KDDI’s Comi Kuma – an IoT teddy bear. The bear is designed to help children and grandparents stay in touch and communicate via touch and actions to the bear, rather than through voice commands. The bear comes hot on the heels of rival Japanese player DoCoMo’s move into interactive toys in 2015. While the bear is very cute, the anticipated high cost, together with a limited target audience and privacy concerns, means we don’t believe it will have a significant impact on the market.
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