Leo Kelion reports on the BBC news website that Google has looked into making internet-connected toys that control smart home appliances.
A Google patent describes devices that would turn their heads towards users and listen to what they were saying, before sending commands to remote computer servers to control other devices. The three-year old patent was spotted recently by the legal technology firm SmartUp. It described the proposal as:
“One of Google’s creepiest patents yet”.
The Google patent suggests that the devices could be made into toys to encourage young children to interact with them. However, campaigners have highlighted the privacy concerns with such devices which rather like Smart TVs send data back to remote servers, data which could potentially include private conversations.
Google was unable to confirm if they might go on to develop the devices.