Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob
VISIT OUR OTHER SITES: THE AWESOMER | 95OCTANE

Like Us on Facebook

Technabob is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Disclosure.

Google’s Patent-pending Robotic Stuffed Animals: Cute or Creepy?

 |  |  |  May 25, 2015


I just saw a post on Time.com about a patent Google has filed for a high-tech Teddy Bear. (Hey, it had to happen sooner or later.) So I clicked on the link to read the patent application and what I found was pretty darn freaky.

At the bottom of the first page are line black and white line drawings of both a Teddy Bear and a stuffed bunny rabbit. The pair look, well, not like the friendliest kids’ toys I have ever seen (I’d describe the look in the bunny’s eyes as borderline demented). The drawings also show where motors, microphones, cameras and speakers would be mounted or inserted into the plush toys. So at first glance it looks like they’re probably going to dance, sing, talk and keep an eye on your kid.

google_teddy_bear_patent_1

But the abstract of the patent goes a bit deeper into exactly what Google is up to with these creations. It describes them as, “An anthropomorphic device, perhaps in the form factor of a doll or toy, may be configured to control one or more media devices.” It goes on to explain that when spoken to or gestured at, the toys will then cause a “media device to change state.” To me what that sounds like is that Google is developing a new remote control interface in the form of a baby toy, which seems pretty low on the list of things currently needed by most of mankind. There is, however, no reference in the document to whether or not the bear or bunny will be able to run to the fridge and get you a snack.



Your Crime Days Are Over

Your Crime Days Are Over

40 Fingers: Message in a Bottle

40 Fingers: Message in a Bottle

Keycadets Aluminum Screw Trays

Keycadets Aluminum Screw Trays

Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK GTR Could Fetch $10 million at Auction

Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK GTR Could Fetch $10 million at Auction

Subaru Will Reveal the New 2022 WRX on August 19

Subaru Will Reveal the New 2022 WRX on August 19

AC Cobra Series 1 Electric Combines Classic Style with Electric Power

AC Cobra Series 1 Electric Combines Classic Style with Electric Power

Advertisement