Mattel Unveils Internet-connected “Hello Barbie” Doll That Can Carry on Conversations

Mattel unveiled a new Internet-connected Barbie. (PHOTO CREDIT: Mattel)
Mattel unveiled a new Internet-connected Barbie. (PHOTO CREDIT: Mattel)

This Barbie really wants to get to know you.

Mattel unveiled “Hello Barbie” today, an Internet-connected version of the popular doll that is able to carry on a conversation with her owner using Wi-Fi and a partnering app.

Mattel’s Barbie, perhaps the most iconic doll of the past five and a half decades, has come in life-size form. She’s also starred in animated movies and even her own workout video, but Hello Barbie is the closest she has ever come to talking with her owner.

The high-tech makeover of the doll was done in collaboration with ToyTalk, a San Francisco-based entertainment company.

After connecting to a Wi-Fi network, “Barbie is online and talks directly to the ToyTalk servers,” Martin Reddy, co-founder and chief technical officer at ToyTalk, told ABC News.

“Our artificial intelligence engine is running with the content of what Barbie can say. That AI engine’s job is to decide what is best to say back,” Reddy said. “All of the logic, behavior, content is on the servers.”

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SOURCE: ABC News, Alyssa Newcomb

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