The next DVR may be able to see and hear what's happening inside your home
In something right out of one of those futuristic movies where someone in the government can monitor every step, every conversation, every breath, almost every very little thought that a person can have, I'd like to introduce you to an upcoming digital video recorder device from Verizon.
Verizon has just filed a patent for a DVR that can actually watch and listen to exactly what is going on inside your home. This is all supposedly so that they can serve targeted ads that are going to appropriate to you personally. Um, can we all say: HOW CREEPY!
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I don't know about you, but I have zero desire to let my cable company (much less any other company) peek into my living room to see what that I eat breakfast with my morning news so that they can bring me more Kellogg's commercials or how I watch my favorite drama in the evening while petting my cat so that they can bring me more kitty litter commercials. That is just not a necessity I have and, honestly, it's just downright weird that they would even come up with this device.
According to ARSTechnica.com, that's exactly what seems to be coming. Verizon filed its application in May 2011 and it has just been published. They're not the only ones, though! Comcast and Google (for Google TV) patented a similar device back in 2008.
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Apparently I'm not the only one who is rightly scared of these new devices, since the previously filed patents haven't actually been used yet. But is this what the future has in store for us? Personally, I would sooner get rid of my cable completely before letting a little spying box into my house. That is really just too much for me to handle.
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