Mattel withdraws kid-focused “smart hub” from market after complaints
Thursday October 5, 2017. 11:53 PM , from Ars Technica
Mattel has scrapped a 'smart home' device designed with kids in mind after awful reviews and privacy concerns.
'Aristotle' was first shown off at CES earlier this year. The red-and-white device is meant to be kept in a child's room where its WiFi-enabled camera acts primarily as a voice-controlled baby monitor. It can adjust lighting levels, noting when babies wake up and then playing a lullaby or turning on a night light.
The device also claimed to be able to extensively interact with a young child. It can recognize and answer questions, play games, do singalongs, and teach the ABCs. Aristotle's voice-interaction capabilities are intended to be like a kid-centric version of Amazon's Alexa.
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