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June 30, 2016

Even Barbie Has a Smart Home

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Even Barbie Has a Smart Home

Barbie’s Dreamhouse is now outfitted with voice-activated smart home commands, the toy manufacturer Mattel announced recently at the 2016 International Toy Fair in New York.

The Hello Barbie Dreamhouse includes Wi-Fi capabilities that allow users to connect to an app and use voice-recognition software to talk directly to the home and control it. It mimics smart home technology heading into real-life homes today, such as Siri working with Apple HomeKit-enabled products or Amazon’s Echo. For example, kids playing with Barbie’s Hello Dreamhouse can say: “Hello, Dreamhouse. Turn on the bedroom light,” and the lights will turn on. Other voice-activated controls include the elevator, the oven, and a whole-house "party mode" that makes the chandeliers spin and turns the stairs into a slide.

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And if the smart home wasn’t enough, Barbie is also getting a drone/hoverboard. Mattel unveiled the Star Light Adventure RC Hoverboard RC drone, which Barbie stands on as it flies around the room, controlled by a remote. Both products will be available in fall 2016 – the Hello Dreamhouse for $299 and Barbie drone retailing for $59.99.

Source: “Barbie’s Dreamhouse Is Now a Voice-Activated Smart Home, Because Of Course It Is,” Curbed (Feb. 16, 2016) and “Even Barbie Gets a Smart Home and a Drone in 2016,” Mashable.com (Feb. 13, 2016)