Big Barbie Is Watching You
NASA'S DREAM OF CHEAP, BATTERY-POWERED CAMERAS ON chips that can beam pictures back from space may first be realized in a more earthbound setting: children's toys. Los Angeles designer Curtis M. Brubaker wants to put one-chip video cameras in dolls, remote-controlled cars, and robots. These would send signals back to a receiver that plugs into the TV set or VCR so kids can monitor or record what their toy tanks, trucks, and robots "see" as they explore the living room or terrorize the cat. Brubaker has won two key patents on a real-time video transmission scheme and on the use of wireless video in toys.
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