For five decades, Mattel's Barbie doll has been at the top of many kids' Christmas wish lists. It's also been a regular focus of controversy, often dealing with Barbie's unrealistic body dimensions. However, the controversy about the latest Barbie goes beyond her exterior to the technology inside.
If you haven't seen the commercials, the newest Barbie to invade stores is called "Hello Barbie," and she talks. Unlike talking dolls of the past, however, Barbie also listens and responds to what your child says thanks to a microphone, sophisticated electronics and a Wi-Fi connection. Just press the button on her belt and the conversation starts.
Hello Barbie uses similar technology to Apple Siri, Google Now, Microsoft Cortana and other personal digital assistants. This ability to respond to a child's conversation made it one of my 5 must-have tech gifts.