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The NextMarket Report — UI

Is Google's Answer To The Amazon Echo A Fuzzy Toy Bear?

Mike Wolf Google Patent UI

I've written about Google's fairly prolific IP filing behavior before, but this one is pretty interesting and, well, strange. The BBC discovered a patent application from Google that includes an anthropomorphic device - read child's toy - as a user interface for a home media or smart home network. The patent application describes the device as a smart device that can take and process user commands such as voice commands and "social cues" such as eye contact and simple gestures. In other words, think Amazon Echo, but the teddy bear version.  The language shows that Google is envisioning this approach...

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