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?
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.