Robot Plays With Your Kids And Monitors Your Home

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This Cute Robot Plays With Your Kids And Monitors Your Home

By Alejandro Alba

Kuri, which was unveiled at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, is essentially the cute, friendlier version of an Amazon Echo or Google Home. The little robot — which also resembles Star Wars’ R2-D2 — can program reminders, play music and podcasts and even read your children bedtime stories. It can also monitor your home and send you notifications by using the HD camera behind its eyes, which can capture photos and videos or live-stream if it’s synced with your phone.

You can use your phone remotely to tell it to go to the couch and check up on your dog. Then you can live-stream it’s view and speak into the robot to yell at your dog if it’s misbehaving — same for the children, really. But that’s where the idea of a remotely operated robot spy gets creepy.

Although the idea of an extremely smart robot seems cool, it could possibly pose a risk to a child’s privacy — the whole family’s even. Kuri is filled with mapping sensors that help it remember where everything is located and avoid getting too close to cliffs and other damaging obstacles. Over time, it’ll learn which room belongs to whom and at what time you come back home from work so it can greet you. Kuri also has four microphones that help it locate sound and go investigate its source.

It’s unclear if the adorable robot can be hacked or exploited, but most likely it can since everything nowadays can be hacked. Mayfield states in its privacy policy that the only data collected from consumer is the information they input onto the website — although that can be shared with third-parties for advertising purposes.

The company also makes sure to mention in its policy that children’s (anyone under the age of 13) information is not stored or tracked. In the event that it was inadvertently collected, then Mayfield’s will immediately delete it.

Read full article and learn more about Privacy Policy here.

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