This is quite possibly the most awesome toy you could give your kids, that is if you hate your kids and want to induce sweat-soaked nightmares: Microsoft has unveiled “Teddy,” a robotic bear that will watch your children, turning its head to follow movement across a room and talking to them. ABC News has more in Robots to Watch Children Showcased:
The teddy bear sitting in the corner of the child’s room might look normal, until his head starts following the kid around using a face recognition program, perhaps also allowing a parent talk to the child through a special phone, or monitor the child via a camera and wireless Internet connection.
[...] Plenty of companies are already building robots for the work place, and toy companies have created plush dolls that know a child’s name or can incorporate other personal information. But Steven Bathiche, a research and development program manager with Redmond-based Microsoft, said his company’s projects go further.
And because it’s from Microsoft, you can guarantee the thing will be hacked a week after it’s released.
Right out of a scene from Chucky: “Billy, I want you to turn on the stove gas and then we can go play outside for a while.”