05. 22. 2008
Takaratomy "Healing Partner" doll
As evidenced by the ever-popular Hello Kitty vibrator, and Gloomy Bear, cute Japanese toys are not always as sexless or as gormless as they may appear at first glance. Tomy's "Healing Partner" doll may not be that cute, and isn't covered in bloody wounds, but it follows the Japanese tradition of something which looks benign being a little menacing. The Healing Partner doll shadow sleeps with you- so using six sensors it goes to sleep when you do, and stays awake ungodly hours when you do. And then it lets you know what it thinks about your joint sleeping pattern by singing sweetly when it's well-rested, or hurling abuse when you've been out all night, leaving it alone and shaking with fury, filled with robo-psychotic thoughts.
Since Healing Partner already looks like it's suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after a few tours of duty at war, you probably need to kick it out of bed before going on a sleepless weekend bender.
Healing Partner is available in Japan only, but can be purchased from Audiocubes for $180.