All sorts of childrens' toys lend themselves to modification and hacking without too much effort, and a fun example of this process has been demonstrated by Carl Jadaa with his "Electroplush" teddy bear. This is much more than the average bear, By stuffing an Arduino, large servo, MP3 decoder board and LEDs plus some extra circuitry the bear will wake up when touched, then straighten up, blink his eyes, talk and more - as shown in the following video:
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