Facebook Wants a Robot to Be Your Personal Photographer

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Facebook received a patent for a robot that follows users around to take photos. But is having a type of telepresence robot in one’s home good for privacy?

Story by Dom Galeon, Futurism

Smartphones, and the multitude of apps that go with them, have changed users’ photography habits. Taking a snap of everything one does has become almost ceremonial, followed by a mandatory Instagram post. Now, Facebook wants to get in on the photo-taking game.

The social networking giant received a new patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Tuesday for a robot that balances on two or three legs. The self-balancing robot is designed to follow users around the house to capture those precious “Instagram-able” moments with its built-in camera, screen, and microphone.

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