Google has apparently just filed a patent for toys that know who is in a room and can interact with other devices. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published diagrams on Thursday showing what looked like rabbit and bear toys that have microphones in their eyes, cameras in their eyes, speakers in their mouths and motorised necks.
Google develops ‘intelligent’ toys
The devices depicted in the patent application can listen to someone, turn their head to make eye contact, hear what they say and also respond with a set of pre-recorded phrases.
The toys are able to communicate wirelessly over Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or other methods with cloud-based computers and also manage other media devices, for instance playing songs or movies when asked by children.
The patent information proposes the toy-like devices could also be intelligent remote controls, to help manage home entertainment systems in a more simple manner.
“The anthropomorphic device may be a doll or a toy that resembles a human, an animal, a mythical creature or an inanimate object”, the patent said.
The toys could also possess face and voice recognition capabilities, enabling them to recognise who they were looking at. The Google patent credits Richard Wayne DeVaul and Daniel Aminzade as its inventors.
SOURCE: Business Insider.
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