Barbie to be Internet connected and able to chat
Hello Barbie will be able to play interactive games and tell stories and jokes
Barbie is having a digital makeover and will soon be connected to the Internet and have the ability to chat to children.
According to the BBC, toy maker Mattel is partnering with US start-up ToyTalk to develop Hello Barbie, which will be able to have two-way conversations with children.
"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 time ever, Barbie can have a two-way conversation," said a spokeswoman for Mattel.
Hello Barbie, which will will use a speech-recognition platform developed by ToyTalk, will be able to play interactive games and tell stories and jokes as well as listen to the child's conversation and adapt to it over time - so, if a child mentions that they like to dance, the doll may refer to this in a future chat.
The doll will requires a Wi-Fi connection and a microphone, speaker and two tricolour LEDs will be embedded in her necklace, while rechargeable batteries in her legs can be connected to an external wall-mounted charger.
The new version of the iconic doll is expected to sell for about $74.99 and a release date has not been confirmed yet.