My Friend Cayla

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Dolls are always popular toys and have been since 1950’s onwards, this doll My Friend Cayla is not just a doll – she’s a real friend! Well that is what the box says so it must be true right? Ask her any range of questions, from her likes and dislikes to general knowledge and tomorrow’s weather, and she’ll tell you the answer. Due to launch in July 17th 2014 priced at $90/£59.99 – no info at time of writing on a US date.

Sync her with My Friend Cayla Dollan Android or iOS device via Bluetooth and she’ll use speech-to-text technology to look up answers online and speak them back to you. There’s also a pre-defined list of ‘bad words’ and topics which Cayla will not talk about, for complete peace of mind.

Cayla can also play games, tell stories, and discuss photos. She has lovely hair to play with and is wearing a cool outfit. My Friend Cayla requires three AA batteries, not included, and is recommended for children aged 5 years and older.

What can My Friend Cayla do?

Answer questions

Ask Cayla about all sorts of things, like animals, maths, countries, or spelling, and she will tell you the answer!

Understand and chat

Cayla can chat about clothes, favourite foods, her family, hobbies, and lots more.

Tell stories and play games

Cayla knows lots of stories – choose one for her to tell. She can also play noughts and crosses, and will encourage and congratulate you. Look through Cayla’s photo albums and she will tell you about what she’s been up to.

How does My Friend Cayla work?

Cayla uses an app on an iOS or Android smart device (including Kindle Fire). When Cayla is connected online via the smart device, she can understand speech by sending it to the internet as text.

To enjoy Cayla’s interactive capabilities, she must always be connected to a smart device via Bluetooth wireless technology. To answer general knowledge questions or give current information, connect the smart device to the internet. The speed of Cayla’s responses will depend on the strength and speed of the internet connection, so WiFi is recommended, although she can also work with 3G or 4G. There is a lot which Cayla can do without being connected to the internet, such as playing games, telling stories, talking about her photo albums, and some conversation.

My Friend Cayla is safer than simply handing a tablet to a child for a number of reasons: there is a comprehensive in-built list of pre-blocked words which can be added to at home; it features online safe-search filters; and no websites or links will be shown on the smart device.