- Google has patented plans for a creepy toy that would encourage and record a child’s interaction and possibly send the collected data to Google HQ.
- It’s reported that the toy was designed by designer Richard Wayne DeVaul to include microphones, cameras, speakers and motors, and has been patented for 3 years.
- Richard explained that the toy would encourage interaction from children for the purpose of providing data that the toy could record to Google’s servers.
- Such prompts reportedly include the toy furrowing its brow, tilting its head to express curiosity and turning its head to make eye contact with the child.
- However, a Google spokesperson told BBC that not all patent applications translate into real products and that prospective product announcements should not be inferred from such patent applications.