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Although the Teletubbies seem to have gotten their first,
there is as yet no obvious stuffed animal with a screen on
So, a plush toy, such as a cuddly stuffed animal, with a
completely soft flexible reading and touch surface where
the input and readout is from fiber optics embedded
This slightly novel technology, a surface grid of optical
light emitting fibers, displays the words and images and is
soft to the touch and bendy as well as washable.
As an E-reader it could have any number of early learning
children's books and some simple trace out the letter
software, as well as follow the dot with your finger type
exercises for small motor skills. It could be settable by
parents not to light up after 9:00 PM or something.
I actually have a $10-12 step counter from Ebay that has a
rubber USB A connector on it. Make it rubber with carbon
conduction pathways and I think it would be fully
washable. So the eReader is completely washable and
It could even listen as you read other paper books to it.
||You could have a transparent soft flexible
inflatable cover over a screen  but a fluffy furry
one feels nicer.
|| um, is this right? Now that I think about it, the
squishiest inflatable things I've seen haven't been
transparent. Maybe the transparent ones can't get
such a stretchy surface.
||Why do I think of remote acupuncture applications
while looking at this idea?
||Fiber optics won't get very good resolution while keeping
the softness. Also, the fibers break over time, one by one, if
subjected to flexing. I suggest using a flexible screen
instead, such as the smartphone makers have been
developing over the past few years for curved-screen and
now foldable smartphones.