As initially reported by Fast Company, Mattel has partnered up with ToyTalk for Hello Barbie, a model of the doll that can chat thank to Wi-Fi and voice-recognition innovation. Hello Barbie is still in progress, but Mattel intends to have this new high-tech toy on racks this Christmas season, as noted by Fast Company.
Though dolls that speak are not a new thing, this Barbie version has a 21st century spin-off: she will recall your responses, store the information in the cloud, and get to know you after some time similar to Cortana or Siri. Upgrades will likewise roll in through Wi-Fi.
In a Toy Fair add a Mattel representative explained that Hello Barbie will have everything it takes to play games, tell jokes, and chat with her holder.
The representative, pushing a button on Barbie’s belt, said to the doll “Welcome to New York”, and Barbie reacted by asking what about the Big Apple the spokesperson loved most. They then talked about food preferences and what they dream to become when they grow up.
Hello Barbie will recall and get to know preferences and dislikes, as flaunted by the Mattel representative. But after the Smart TVs spying hysteria the past week some critics say that the users should keep their fingers crossed the doll isn’t hacked and re-customized to say some improper stuff, in the same way as baby monitors, or changed to a permanently online mode.
Hello Barbie will get dialogue settings based on what children are most likely to be interested in. But, because the doll is web-linked, the scriptwriters managing its conversational abilities will be able to add extra topics after doll is retailed.
Both ToyTalk and Mattel want to take the project further, so the doll will have the capacity to converse with children on many topics. However, the doll can likewise be played with as a common toy if one chooses not use its web connection, or if the net connection is broken. The doll is said to cost $74.99.
Until Hello Barbie ships interested buyers can look at Barbie Fashion Design Maker which allows them to create outfits for Barbie on a tablet or PC and print them out. Mattel just teamed up with Google for a redesigned adaptation of its popular View-Master, which uses Google Cardboard.
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