Mattel cancels AI babysitter after privacy complaints

Mattel cancels AI babysitter after privacy complaints

Toymaker Mattel has shelved plans to build an “all-in-one voice-controlled smart baby monitor,” after complaints about the device were raised by privacy advocates and child psychologists.

 
 
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According to a report from The Washington Post, the company said in a statement that the device, named Aristotle, did not “fully align with Mattel’s new technology strategy” and would not be “[brought] to the marketplace.”Aristotle was unveiled back in January this year by Mattel’s Nabi brand.

It combined the smart speaker and digital assistant functionality of Amazon’s Echo with a connected camera that acted as a baby monitor.

But the Aristotle was intended to be a much more active presence in children’s lives than an Echo speaker, with Mattel……

 
 

 

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