Thanks to social media, privacy is something that pretty soon will belong to a museum! Especially as technology evolves, becoming part of people’s routines and normal life, and moral barriers get forgotten in the process.
Think about this: Those born today will not only have an intimate record of their day-to-day existence preserved online, but they’ll also grow up in a world where shedding their privacy is not only the norm, but expected.
Enter: New Born Fame, a set of interactive plush toys that let babies take selfies and automatically upload them to their Facebook, Twitter and other profiles, straight from the cradle.
If you think this is crazy, wait for the out-of-focus selfies, and disgusting shots of poop, in real time.
Developed by Laura Cornet, a Netherlands-based graduate student, this social interface takes the form of soft toys that hang down over the cot, and interacts with the baby’s social profiles — set up by their parent(s) and synced beforehand.
One of the toys features a camera
and a GPS locator
. Pull the small bird, and the baby sends out a randomly generated tweet.
Pull the Facebook
logo, and they automatically update their status along with their current location.
Pull the camera toy and a video is taken and uploaded onto Instagram. The ball shaped toy also lets babies take a selfie and upload it on all platforms.
Even though Cornet developed the project more as an investigation into the ethics of social media and to get parents thinking about the information they post about their children online without their consent, she admits there is also probably a commercial demand for toys like this.
Why this is NOT hot?
To name just one, the data will remain available for anyone — even, potentially, employers — to see long after they’ve grown up, and will probably come back to haunt them.
Sources: springwise.com | lauracornet.nl