Google files patent for motion-tracking AI for 'intelligent' infant monitoring

Google is developing an artificial intelligence system that will monitor infants' eyes, movements and sounds to detect behavior caused by discomfort or another issue, according to a patent application published earlier this month, CNBC reports.

The cloud-based system would track infants' motion and immediately notify parents if abnormal behavior is detected. Using both audio and video technology, the AI could identify whether a baby is moving around or crying, and, using "eye state analysis," could determine whether the infant is awake or asleep, regardless of a lack of motion or noise.

The application lists as the system's inventors William Greene, who is named on many of Google's other connected home patents, and Michael Dixon, an algorithm software design engineer at smart home tech company Nest, a Google subsidiary. Google did not respond to requests for further comment from CNBC, which noted that the tech giant files hundreds of patent applications each year, many of which never come to fruition.

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