Orion Pictures

In a bit of marketing ingenuity, Orion pictures sent media outlets a faux press release on Monday introducing the “Buddi” doll which they call, “the world’s most advanced AI human companion to date and will be available nationwide on June 21, 2019.”

If you caught the date, you might also recognize that it’s also when the Child’s Play reboot is due to hit theaters. The trailer will be released this Friday.

The fictitious Kaslan corporation also included the following statement:

“The leap we’re making beyond any current AI technology presents a similar gulf between the calculator and the most advanced smartphone assistants. Buddi® is where we’ve all been headed in the field of AI, and I’m proud to say that Kaslan Corporation is bringing that future into the homes of families across the world,” said Henry Kaslan, founder/CEO of Kaslan Corporation

They say the “Buddi” doll is much like AI tech we already have in our homes, comparing it to services such as Siri and Alexa.

The “killer tech” toy they say includes:


● Highly intricate cloud-backed voice recognition engine capable of identifying speech and comprehension of inflection, tonality and subtle variations in the human voice

● Ability to learn from human interaction and via 20 sensors and cameras that provide real-time information about its environment

●State-of-the-art sensor design providing high resolution image recognition and grip sensitivity

●Preloaded with the ability to comprehend and converse in both English and Spanish, with the option for language expansion via the Kaslan Language Acquisition App

●Connectivity to the latest Kaslan products including the Kaslan HUB home controller, Kaslan VAC robotic vacuum, Kaslan Speakers, Kaslan Drone, the self-driving Kaslan Kar, and other smart home devices

● And so much more!

They even included the following video in their announcement.

The Child’s Play franchise proper is also getting a TV show from original creator Don Mancini.

The writer-director has distanced himself from the retconned remake, instead focusing on his own small screen continuation of the universe he started.