I just listened to this and I liked it. That Amanda is so amazing! I know a few young ones who'd love her company. Jake ----- Original Message ----- From: Phil Vlasak To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Monday, 12 December, 2005 10:43 PM Subject: [bct] Amazing Amanda Interactive Baby Doll Amazing Amanda Interactive Baby Doll I was interested in Donna's doll and copied a few web pages of information on the doll below. 12/11/2005 by Donna Slater Donna discusses and demonstrates this doll she wishes we had when she was a young blind child. 10.7 MB This is the link for the demo file, http://www.archive.org/download/LarrySkutchanbct266AmazingAmandaDemo/bct266AmazingAmandaDemo.mp3 Toys"R"Us Price: $109.99 Wal-Mart Price: $89.97 Interactive large Amazing Amanda doll utilizes voice recognition, sensory technology and articulated animatronics Dressed in a pink floral jumper and striped shirt, Amazing Amanda speaks when getting potty trained and pretends to eat her food Includes a change of outfits and 14 accessories such as potty, toothbrush, toddler dish, brush, 6 servings of play food, and three spoons Size: 18High x 3-3/4Wide x 9Long" 4 C batteries required. Amazing Amanda has voice recognition, sensory technology and articulated anima-tronics to offer the most complete and revolutionary nurturing play. She comes with a variety of accessories to which she reacts in an intelligent manner - recognizing what each item is. In short, this is an amazing doll. In many ways she is like a little person for my daughter to care of. She has a distinct personality and a lot of fun play. My daughter has played with her for hours and she still says new things! I think the previous bad review may have been related to the age of the child, which was four. The box says five and up. As far as the reliability of the speech recognition, my own daughter can get the doll to work almost all the time. Granted my daughter is seven and has a clear voice. I would NOT recommend this toy to anyone whose daughter has a speech impediment or is a soft talker. (Of course the doll might teach your daughter how to speak louder, which may be a plus.) Also it states clearly in the instructions that you need to be in a QUIET room, which really is a no-brainer for a product like this. Anyone who has used cell phones or other speech-recognition products knows the drill. Kids however (especially very young ones) dont. So you do have to teach them a bit. So how does she play? Well the setup is a bit of a pain. You have to set her time and date, and then Amanda asks for your daughter (who she calls Mommy) to say her name a few times so Amanda can learn your daughter's voice. Then she teaches your daughter how to play with her. Here are some of the things I've seen her do: - ask for and go potty. (This is funny and a bit gross. As a man I don't get it but my daughter loves it.) - eat. (You feed her all kinds of food, which she knows when you put it in her mouth. Feed her the wrong thing and she knows and comments about it.) - play games. (She sings and plays some animal sounds game. Pretty cute.) - get sick. (you hug her to make her feel better) She also knows the general time of day, and the holidays, and has things to say about that, too. Another thing is her face is pretty expressive. She will actually pout and put on a sad face in some situations. Her eyebrows move too. What I can't get over is all you get for the price. For basically the cost of two high-end dolls that do nothing, you get a doll that is almost alive. This is so much more interactive. recommended age: 4 - 8 years Advanced voice recognition, sensory response and animatronics technologies enable lifelike interaction Amazing Amanda learns to recognize her "mommy's" voice She also recognizes objects such as her outfits, toothbrush, sippy cup, various foods and her potty She expresses real emotions, such as smiling when happy or pouting when told 'no' She engages in two-way communication with realistic facial expressions and toddler-speak She can go "potty" and can even be used to promote potty training She keeps track of date and time, and offers reminders of upcoming holidays She has an internal clock which can be used as a lovable alarm clock, and may help establish a normal sleeping and waking schedule for your child Comes with accessories, pretend food, outfits and more She stands 18 inches tall Other Similar Items: Amazing Amanda Doll - Ethnic company press release Amazing Amanda speaks, eats, responds to objects, recognizes her 'Mommy' and shows emotions. Her realistic facial expressions and sounds [combine] with her ability to intelligently respond to stimuli and her mommy's voice. Amanda can respond and recognize her own outfits; toothbrush; food and beverages such as juice in a sippy cup, a sandwich, cookie; and even her own potty. she knows what day and time it is, and can remind her Mommy about upcoming holiday's including Christmas, Mother's Day and Valentine's Day..Amazing Amanda will respond with words, sounds and expressions to indicate if she wants to eat. When Amanda receives something she doesn't want, such as the wrong food or if her Mommy says 'no,' she demonstrates the sounds, expressions and emotions a young toddler would, simulating the closest thing to a real mother and child interactive experience. From WiredIssue 13.12 - December 2005 She's Alive! By Patrick Di Justo PLAYMATES TOYS INTERACTIVE DOLL Amazing Amanda really is amazing: She talks, senses, and understandsthe world around her far better than many toddlers. She speaks English in charmingly not-quite-grammatical sentences. She tells time and adjusts for daylight savings. She identifies what she's wearing and complains if she doesn't like it. Best of all, she comes toilet trained. Amanda can do all this and more with just 32 megabits of memory. While her repertoire of actions is limited and repetitious (and, really, what kid's isn't?), what she can do is so realistic it's scary. Amazing Amanda: $100 (ages 4 and up), www.playmatestoys.com Voice recognition After a brief setup of her clock and calendar, Amanda establishes who her "mommy" is (using voice rec to remember her primary caregiver) and can understand 50 spoken words. Her comprehension isn't perfect - several times Amanda failed to identify my baritone voice as Mommy. But she did politely offer to play with me until Mommy came back. Microactuators In addition to singing and making animal noises (oink!), Amanda plays Funny Face. She announces an emotion, such as sadness, and microactuators in her face contort her features into approximations of that feeling. The faces are coupled with appropriate sounds. (Sorry, no real tears - the instruction manual warns that Amanda is, uh, allergic to water.) RFIDs Amanda's plastic food (included) is embedded with RFIDs. If she asks for a cookie and you serve her spaghetti, she protests. RFID sensors in her neck tell her what she has on (additional outfits available this spring); sensors in her rear alert her when she's on the potty (included); and sensors in her scalp remind her that you're brushing her hair, which she loves. "Playmates has always been a leader in incorporating the latest technology into toys," said Nancy Goldblum, Vice President of Marketing at Playmates Toys. "Now we've raised the bar on doll play with remarkably realistic eye movements and sound effects that react to how a child plays with and nurtures her doll,"