Google Patents Toys That Watch and Listen to Your Kids

Worried about Google snooping on your Web browsing or email? That may be the least of the Internet giant's intrusions if their patent for sensor-packed dolls and toys ever gets put to use in your kids' room. Filed in 2012 but just published Thursday, the patent describes "interactive electronics that support social cues." Fortunately, Google isn't likely to start putting out teddy bear snooping devices any time soon. Rather, the toys would kids to control their music or movies without having to invoke an invisible Siri or navigate a TV interface. Children can just grab the smart toy, say "play 'My Little Pony'!" and it'll do the rest. Think of it like a 21st-century Teddy Ruxpin. Put like that it's not so creepy — might even be useful.



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