Google could now bring technology into the toy industry, as it dropped some hint with its latest patent for a toy. No, it is not just any average toy. The patent was filed for a teddy which could control other Wi-Fi connected devices. Whether this could be the coolest step from the firm or the creepiest, it’s up to you to decide. If movies like ‘Chucky’ are a strict no-no for you, then you will definitely find this patent to be creepy. If the opposite is true then you can look forward to this toy, if it is manufactured in the future.
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Media Device Controlling Toys
The toys will be one part Siri and one part ‘Chucky’. It would be able to control the media devices in your home like music players and TVs. The toys will be equipped with sensors and cameras.
If the teddy bear senses that you are gazing at it, it will turn its head and look back at you.
Once the stuffed toy receives and identifies a voice command prompt, you will be able to tell the toy to control the media devices that are in your home. For instance, it could turn on your TV or music system.
— CNBC (@CNBC) May 26, 2015
Not a Certain Indication
The patent application does not mean that Google will definitely manufacture this connected teddy bear or actually sell it.
Google told in a statement to CNN “We hold patents on a variety of ideas — some of those ideas later mature into real products or services; some don’t.”
With the Internet of Things coming into limelight, you can be sure that other companies will build these types of devices in the near future, even if Google doesn’t. Amazon already has developed the Echo, a standalone home assistance device. This gadget can control playlists or find out information on the Web if you address it as “Alexa” and start your request.
Ubi, another connected speaker system also provides similar functions.
So, we can hope that technology could spread its wings even in the toy industry in the near future, either through the hands of Google or any other tech company. We are definitely going to have advanced gadgets related to the Internet of Things.
Google's patent for a robot teddy bear is pretty damn creepy http://t.co/nNr6F0ERSU
— Gizmodo (@Gizmodo) May 25, 2015
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