Several weeks ago I received a Ubooly in the mail. Each person who sees it sitting on my desk asks the same question, “Why do you have a stuffed animal on your desk?”.

Initially, I bought the Ubooly with the intent to design an app for it. More than that though, I was interested in what it meant to combine a powerful computer (yes, a smartphone) and a plush exterior.

The primary usecases I was interested in were things like based on hot weather, recommending sunscreen or drinking water. Or, knowing that the owner has landed in a new location and providing details about their new surroundings. Things like that.