Privacy advocates are worried about Hello Barbie, a Wi-Fi-enabled Barbie doll with Siri-like functions capable of recording and responding to children's conversations.
Hello Barbie, which is still in prototype form, can initiate storytelling and listen, learn and adapt according to a child's playtime preferences.
Asked, "What should I be when I grow up?" during a demo, the doll responded: "Well, you told me you like being on stage. So how about a dancer? Or a politician? Or a dancing politician?"
Its listening function is activated only when a button on Barbie's belt buckle is pressed.
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