Talking Toys


In today’s times it’s not uncommon to have one, two, or thirty talking toys for your kids in the basement, playroom or their bedroom.  Lately these talking toys are getting quite sophisticated.  We expect that they respond when we push a button on them, or move their wheels around.  And, they respond with whatever is programmed into them.  The kids have fun and think the toy is actually conversing with them.  Some of them even wait for a while and then ask “Hey, is anyone there?”  It’s a gimic meant to keep kids playing with the toy.

Have you ever been in one of these rooms at night, after the kids go to bed.  Perhaps you’re cleaning up, you move one of these toys and it starts chatting to you.  Not really an issue.  However, sometimes when the batteries get low they start talking all by themselves.  You’ll be watching TV, all relaxed when all of a sudden you’ll hear “Take a pic!” from the Diego camera in the corner, across the room.  It freaks you out, especially the first time you experience this.

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I’ve had a toy become out of control, constantly blathering away while I was trying to listen to my show.  There’s one sure way to stop the nattering but that involves going to get a screw driver and taking out the batteries.  Too much work.  So you pick up the toy, push a few buttons to get it to perform its duties and hopefully that will shut it up.  Sure enough… it’s quiet… until you sit back on the couch… “Say click!  Take a pic!”  Frustrating, I know.

I’m always leary of what it’s going to do next.  What happens if the next sound it makes is “Brian, I’m watching you.”  I think I’d run out of the house at that point.  It’s never happened but every time the kids’ toys “talk to me,” it’s in the back of my mind.  See?  The hair is standing up on the back of my neck just thinking about it.

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About brianwawryk
PMP and Prince2 certified project manager.

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