Interactive Toys Can Now Collect Data on Children

New toys are equipped with WiFi or bluetooth technology to remember past conversations with children. The technology functions much like Siri on an iPhone – it collects information from conversations and play, and then feeds that information back to the user in order to create more interaction.

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See more about interactive Barbie on NBC News and Engadget.

Why It’s Hot | As NBC News points out, data collection isn’t always a good thing, especially when it involves children. Once the information is saved, it opens the door for hackers to spy on children. Additionally, as with most new technology in toys, there are worries of lessening children’s capacity for imagination when so much of their play is dictated. Despite those concerns, these interactive dolls could create more engaging, realistic play with children, and help them to develop conversational skills at a younger age.

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