Google has a knack for bringing in digital services that make our life easier, and to continue its tradition, the company wants to make babysitting digital. In a 28-page patent filed in Europe three years ago, it shows that how it's going to build a digital babysitter.
The patent comes under the moniker "Devices and Methods for Protecting Unattended Children at Home." In general terms, the patent describes a platform that will help parents or babysitters provide a higher level of care to the children. The patent also suggests that the digital babysitter would work on the basic principles of the Google Home.
The documents also cites potential risks to children, "Accordingly, there is a need for improved devices and methods for protecting unattended children in a home or other structure. Such devices and methods optionally complement or replace conventional methods for protecting unattended children in a home or other structure."
The system will work together with a "smart home provider server system," and connect with 10 or more devices to help monitor and safeguard the kids.
Another example cited in the patent says, "There is an unattended child in the study room. Unused electrical outlets in the study room have been disabled." Parents will be allowed to make changes to the child-protection alert accordingly. The system will also feature blinking light or audio alerts when the child is unattended.
The system will be capable of controlling the plugs and sockets, smart appliances, cameras and even lock door if required. All this will be possible through a complex series of modules that include an occupancy module, motion data module, an ambient light monitor, and occupancy determination. The patent also suggests that the platform will be able to control a smart HVAC system, smoke and CO2 alarms and security systems.
Google's digital babysitter could also be used for cases where a parent had to rush out to run an errand, or stuck in traffic, or during any other emergency. Google is yet to give its word on the subject.
Though the company has issued a statement saying: "We hold patents on a variety of ideas - some of those ideas later mature into real products or services, some don't. Prospective product announcements should not necessarily be inferred from our patents."
The new system can also be a part of its AI-powered security system, for which Google recently filed a patent.