Barbie Moves Into Smart Barbie Hello Dreamhouse
Barbie’s new mansion Barbie Hello Dreamhouse syncs with Wi-Fi to turn on mood lighting, preheat the oven, and operate the elevator.
This two-story smart home’s innovative features reflect today’s modern lifestyle. Recognizing more than 100 voice commands, Barbie Hello Dreamhouse responds to your directions with lights, sounds and motors. Floor and feature switches in each room bring your stories to life. Use the Hello Dreamhouse Companion app to customize sounds in 15 locations throughout the house. You can even record your own sound effects! The six fabulous rooms feature realistic backdrops and provide a trendy palette for your decorating ideas. Rearrange the furniture and accessories again and again as you play out your favorite Barbie stories.
Even Internet-connected dolls need a place to rest their head at night.
Barbie Hello Dreamhouse updated plastic mansion syncs appliances and gadgets via Wi-Fi; use voice commands to turn on mood lighting, preheat the oven, and operate the elevator.
Once homework and chores are complete, launch Party Mode for a momentary dance party—lights flash, music plays, the chandelier turns, and the stairs convert to a slide. Or swap the default Hangout Mode for “Fun House Mode,” which sounds like something from a horror film set in a carnival.
The famous blonde and her Dreamhouse have come a long way since 1959. After all, who would think Barbie be able to chat, play games, share jokes, and even pose a security risk for children and parents? The toy manufacturing giant Mattel now teamed up with ToyTalk to introduce Hello Barbie, a version of the doll with embedded Wi-Fi and voice-recognition technology. Like the virtual assistant on your Smartphone, this Barbie can remember your responses, store data in the cloud, and get to know you over time.
Some security companies have expressed their concerns about Barbie Hello Dreamhouse on internet security. Most of then are now resolved. ToyTalk now runs a security bug bounty program to keep Hello Barbie and her friends safe from prying eyes.
Once the house has been hooked up, kids can control the house’s actions by either pressing down on the buttons located on the floor of each room, presumably with Barbie’s stylishly-shoed feet (human fingers work just fine, though). There’s also the voice control, which operates exactly like any other voice assistant: “Hello Dreamhouse, turn on the lights in the bathroom.” Or, if you want something a little more exciting, you can always ask it to have a dance party. That pretty much puts the entire house into full-on club mode, with the stairs turning into a slide because Barbie parties have slides.
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