Google Envisions Robot Remote Controls That Know Your Face

Cuddly robot toys such as Furby or AIBO the robot dog have won many human hearts and minds over the past decade. That may be why Google researchers envision the possibility of turning such robot toys into intelligent remote controls for home entertainment systems. But the idea of a teddy bear or doll constantly watching or listening in a home has already stirred some controversy about home privacy.

A Google patent application spotted by SmartUp, a law firm, describes how an “anthropomorph

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