Google’s patent for an internet-linked toy that can be used to control one or more smart appliances has been published, according to a report from the International Business Times.
Although the tech giant submitted the patent documents back in February 2012, it was only recently published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
According to the documents filed, these toys are capable of controlling many types of home appliances such as lights, DVD players, television sets, home thermostats, and motorised window curtains.
The toy can be used by moving a certain body part or speaking to it. It will respond by speaking or mimicking human-like expressions like surprise, interest, curiosity, or boredom.
“Upon reception or a detection of a social cue, such as movement and/or a spoken word or phrase, the anthropomorphic device may aim its gaze at the source of the social cue,” said the patent. When a voice command is issued, the toy will manipulate a media device as desired by the user.
The filed documents show that the internet-connected toy will be equipped with motors, speakers, and microphones. It could take the form of a teddy bear, a bunny, a dragon, or even an alien.
“Young children might find these forms to be attractive. However, individuals of all ages may find interacting with these anthropomorphic devices to be more natural than interacting with traditional types of user interfaces,” the patent added.