Wednesday, June 27th, 2007
Bobo Glove: The Wearable Activity Center
The Bobo Glove by Enchantmints is, as the manufacturer explains, "the worldâ€™s first fully interactive, sensory-stimulating, touch-sensitive, portable, wearable, audio-visual entertainment system made exclusively for babies…and it doesnâ€™t even require batteries."
In other words, it’s a glove, with infant toys attached. The multicolored glove contains a rattle, teething ring, pull toy, buttons and a "squeaker" and "noisemaker." A parent wears the glove when playing with his or her baby.
According to a news release, the toy "is designed to enhance a childâ€™s sense of wonder, imagination, curiosity and understanding."
To recap, it’s a glove.
The toy is "handy and lightweight" and "goes everywhere and takes up very little space."
To explain it another way, it’s a glove.
Am I mocking this toy? You bet. Could it be useful to some parents? You bet. Maybe on a long plane, train or car ride. I just have a visceral reaction to a toy glove being described as an "audio-visual entertainment system. "
And as for "world’s first," don’t good old-fashioned squeaky hand puppets predate Bobo? Or is a squeaky hand puppet not an audio-visual entertainment system?
Bobo reminds me a great deal of the Baby Arm Toy Playground, a set of toys suspended from your arm via handles or on an arm sleeve. Unlike the Arm Toy though, Bobo’s hand toy has made its way into retail production.
Sold at: Goodness for Children
Link via GoodyBlog.