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Wi-Fi enabled Barbie Doll now can talk back to children

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Those days when girls used to talk to their Barbie Dolls
and reply themselves are now outdated. A new Wi-Fi enabled Barbie called “Hello Barbie”
is taking Internet by storm after it was revealed this week by Mattel. 

The toy maker Mattel has partnered up with US start-up, ToyTalk to
develop Hello Barbie, which will have two-way conversations with
children. The doll will use speech recognition developed by ToyTalk. 
“The number one request we hear from girls around the world is that they
want to have a conversation with Barbie. Now, for the first ever,
Barbie can have a two-way conversation,” said a spokeswoman for Mattel.
Barbie will also be able to play interactive games and tell stories and
jokes. 
The doll requires a Wi-Fi connection and can provide an hour’s
worth of playtime when fully charged. A microphone, speaker and two LEDs
will be embedded in the doll’s necklace, while rechargeable batteries
in its legs can be connected to an external wall mounted charger.

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Ms Crookes, director of communications for the British Toy and
Hobby Association, said, “Such toys can enhance traditional play. Some
of the time, children will play with the toy in internet-connected mode,
and some of the time they will play with them in the traditional way,
using their imagination.”
When you press a button on her belt buckle, Barbie wakes up, asks a
question, and turns on its microphone while the switch is held down.
The doll is only at the prototype stage yet, being displayed at the Toy
Fair 2015 in New York. 
It is expected to be ready by Christmas. Barbie
has been around for 59 years now, and the high-tech version is being
pushed out as fast as Mattel can work. The doll is expected to be priced
at US $75.

 

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