Netflix's 'Fuller House' Mr. Bear toy is the shared-viewing experience we want

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Netflix is hoping to pull on some heartstrings this holiday season with a brand new way to snuggle up to loved ones near and far. 

The company announced the specs for “Connected Mr. Bear,” a plush teddy based on Stephanie Tanner’s beloved toy from the early seasons of the original run of Full House. The second season of the Fuller House revival series set to stream Dec. 9, so Netflix is hoping to double down on its nostalgia and sentimentality.   

Connected Mr. Bear promises a special Fuller House viewing experience. With one Mr. Bear in one living room and a second, paired bear in another house far away, their synced “cuddle sensors” blink three times and activate a Netflix-connected device, turning on Fuller House. That way, viewers can watch (and cuddle) together. This video shows how it works:

In an odd move, however, Netflix isn’t selling Mr. Bear in pairs. In fact, it’s not selling any at all. 

Instead, the Fuller House product is a DIY build project, with open source code and hardware information available on GitHub. That means that anyone looking to bring Connected Mr. Bear into their homes will need to build him themselves.   

The components make for quite a project, with access to a 3D printer and coding knowledge required to pull it off. 

For someone with the enough knowhow and Fuller House fandom, though, the build could be the best part of their holiday streaming season.   

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