Google's Creepiest Patents Yet: Bunny Robots That Will Listen And Talk To Your Kids
R&D team at Google has patented a design for the devices in the form of bunny teddy bears and rabbit that would turn their heads towards users and listen to what they were saying.
The patent is three-year old bust was spotted only recently by a technology law firm SmartUp.
According to the patent, the toys would include microphones, speakers, cameras and motors as well as wireless connection to the Internet. In the patent, only two shapes - toy rabbit and a teddy bear - was mentioned but the search giant noted that other child-friendly designs would be possible as well.
The inventor of the patent is Richard Wayne DeVaul, whose job title is "director of rapid evaluation and mad science" at Google X.
"We file patent applications on a variety of ideas that our employees come up with," said a Google spokeswoman.
"Some of those ideas later mature into real products or services, some don't. Prospective product announcements should not necessarily be inferred from our patent applications," she added.
Patents are no clear indication that the company would go ahead and actually launch that product, however, a teddy robot would be an interesting addition to the Google Play Store.