BY MARZELLA SIGAI
Once a hidden and under-the-radar topic, privacy got more attention at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week. Startups now volunteer information about how they are securing your data and protecting your privacy when you use their heart rate monitor or cuddly robot.
Roybi, an alien-looking robot that teaches kids languages and other skills, has a camera with facial recognition that can remember children and guess whether the kid was excited or sad after a lesson. Roybi says it uses that information to make changes to its lessons.
But the $199 robot also comes with a sticker, so parents can block the camera if they want.
Caregiver Smart Solutions, which makes products for caregivers to track the elderly remotely, decided to do away with cameras, declaring them too intrusive. The company opted instead for small sensors that monitor when doors are opened and closed.
After two years of tech companies facing the reckoning of rising privacy concerns, the message seems to be set in which is the way of using customers’ information can no longer be ignored.