Google has patented an electronic system “Google Babysitter System” that is designed to look after children when their parents or guardians aren’t around. With the aid of cameras, it might be able to tell whenever your child was alone in a room, and would also know how long they’d been remaining unattended for. The system may possibly also use motion, light, audio and touch sensors, to keep them safe.
Google calls the system a series “devices and methods for protecting unattended children in the house”. The patent, that was submitted in 2015, describing, how it might figure out who was in an room, whether children were there without their parents, guardians or any people, and exactly how long they’d been still left unattended for.
Once they’d been still left in there for a predetermined time span, for example, more than five minutes, the machine would spring into life, disabling any electrical power outlets in the room that could be a risk to the children and any electronically-controlled entrance doors, to stop them escaping.
It might also bring attention to the situation by instructing lighting around the house to display and an audible alert to sound, saying “[Name] is unattended in the H room” or “Toddler unattended”.
These “Google Babysitter System” could also send an email to the children’s parents or guardians too.
“There is a need for superior devices and options for guarding unattended children in the house or other composition,” the patent reads.
“Here, a processing system disables, or sends instructions to disable, unused electric outlets and/or door handles with in a room in a dwelling in response to a determination that a child-protection condition has been met. This determination is based at least in part on occupancy data for the room.
“The occupancy data may signify, for example, that a child is alone in a room for at least some amount of time. A safety threat thus exists that merits disabling of the unused electrical outlets and/or door handles within the room”. However, there’s no guarantee that Google will bring such something or collection of products to market.
Earlier this year, Mattel cancelled programs for an “all-in-one voice-controlled smart baby monitor” made to “comfort, entertain, train, and assist” small children, amid personal privacy concerns.