New Google technology transforms cute teddy bears into surveillance bots
3 The patent application and meaning
Google’s application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office says:
An anthropomorphic device, perhaps in the form factor of a doll or toy, may be configured to control one or more media devices. Upon reception or a detection of a social cue, such as movement and/or a spoken word or phrase, the anthropomorphic device may aim its gaze at the source of the social cue. In response to receiving a voice command, the anthropomorphic device may interpret the voice command and map it to a media device command. Then, the anthropomorphic device may transmit the media device command to a media device, instructing the media device to change state.
The exact meaning of the text is not clear, but if the toys have the ability to recognise voice commands and are connected to the internet, they can be used to carefully carry out spying activities and will be able to control any smart device in any households.