Google's new 'smart bears' have the ability to log and record information

Google’s new ‘smart bears’ have the ability to log and record information

Google has patented technology for new ‘smart teddy bears’ it has been revealed.

The bears can interact with users and interpret the commands of the children playing with them and “express curiosity” through a series of actions.

It could also perform a number of actions such as scratching its head, and making facial expressions.

However, this new technology is not without risk and has sparked privacy concerns.

This is because the device has the ability to record conversations, and log user activities.

Emma Carr, director of campaign group Big Brother Watch, told BBC News: “The privacy concerns are clear when devices have capacity to record conversations and log activity. When those devices are aimed specifically at children, then for many this will step over the creepy line.

“Children should be able to play in private and shouldn’t have to fear this sort of passive invasion of their privacy. It is simply unnecessary.”

Other toys such as Mattel’s Hello Barbie have been subjected to similar concerns.

The barbie is a Wi-Fi connected doll that has the potential to record conversations, and then transmits them to a corporation which analyzes every word to learn all of the child’s likes and dislikes. This can then be used to create personal adverts aimed at that particular individual.

A petition calling for the scrapping of the technology started by the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood has already attracted more than 42,000 signatures.

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