I Spy With My Google Eye: Search Company Patents Creepy Kids Toys

Google was granted a patent last week to produce toys with cameras and microphones which can be programmed to listen for commands from children, and then be used to turn on electronic devices around home.

According to the filing, the toy could look like a person, or be in the shape of an alien or even dragon, so that “young children might find these forms to be attractive.”

“An anthropomorphic device, perhaps in the form factor of a doll or toy, may be configured to control one or more media devices,” reads the patent, listing a range of devices including TVs, DVD players, home thermostats, motorized window curtains and lights.