Barbie gets a makeover this year but we're not talking about new clothes or new hair color. Mattel introduces Hello Barbie with well, let's just say, new talents. She can now talk back to you and actually remember your conversations!
The Wi-fi enabled doll, the New York Times reports," uses the system of ToyTalk, a San -Francisco based start-up behind the microphone technology, to analyze a child’s speech and produce relevant responses." So, it's like Siri but tangible. Priced at £50 ($74.99), the world's first interactive Barbie doll comes with a consent form for parents. However, consumers and child protection advocates alike have raised concern that the toy can be used for hacking and spying.
“Is this going to be some creepy doll that records what is going on in your home without you knowing it?” Nicole A. Ozer, the director of technology and civil liberties at the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, asks the New York Times.
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