Google Patents Disturbing Children ‘Toys’ Capable of Controlling Appliances, Spying, and Recording

Buzz Lightyear and Woody may have been able to switch lights on and off and drive remote controlled cars, but toys of the future could take control of all sorts of household appliances and even spy on their owners too.

Google has published a patent that suggests creepy-looking teddy bears and rabbits could one day keep a watchful eye on children and adults, eavesdropping on everything we say.

The internet-connected devices would listen for instructions and interact with homeowners to switch lights on and off or turn on household appliances upon a simple vocal command, for example.

 Google has published a patent that suggests creepy-looking teddy bears and rabbits (pictured) could interact with homeowners to switch lights on and off and turn on appliances with a simple vocal command.

The toys, dreamed up by Google’s secretive R&D division, have captured the attention of privacy campaigners, because they contain microphones, speakers…

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