Toy maker Mattel is partnering with US start-up ToyTalk to develop Hello Barbie, which will have two-way conversations with children.
    
The doll will use a speech-recognition platform 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 time ever, Barbie can have a two-way conversation," said a spokeswoman for Mattel.
    
Hello Barbie will be able to play interactive games and tell stories and jokes.
    
It will also listen to the child's conversation, remember what they have said and mention it at a later date.
    
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.
    
The doll is expected to sell for about USD 74.99.

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