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BANDAI CO. of Japan, which gave the world Tamagotchi virtual pets, is promoting what it hopes will be the next hot toy: a battery-operated lollipop holder that plays music inside people's mouths.

The microphone-sized toy plays a tune by vibrating a lollipop stuck into the device. The toy works by conducting sounds through the teeth. The sounds then echo into the inner ear.

The toy, called Sound Bites in the United States, was created by Hasbro Inc. It will go on sale in Japan next month for about $10.

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