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Artificial intelligence toys are just around the corner in 2013

Saturday, 10 November 2012

If you’re hunting around for that perfect Christmas toy for your kid this Christmas it may not be on shelves yet. However current trends show that a new type of toy is coming right down the pipe and will be here soon. The Christmas 2012 holiday won’t see highly advanced AI Toys but if ToyTalk has anything to say about it, Christmas 2013 will.

On November 1st, 2012 a video was released on YouTube under the account Toy Talk Inc showing a teddy bear that can talk with your kid and interact with them. There is a bit of a catch, the technology and intelligence of this artificial intelligence teddy bear is not built inside the bear itself it seems, but inside your tablet. For now it looks like it’s an iPad that is Teddy’s brain. We hope it will advance to all tablets like Google’s Nexus 10 tablet due out soon.

The video was titled, “ToyTalk Trailer – Your teddy bear has so much to tell you.” The description from the Toy company about themselves on the video is, “ToyTalk is a family entertainment company. Their mission is to create entertainment powered by characters and conversation. This is their first video.

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