Privacy and health issues have been a significant issue in making education technologies for youth, and Moxie is not an exception. In an interview with Fast Company, Embodied founder Paolo Pirjanian said that Moxie data will be encrypted, with parents or guardians being the only ones that can have access to the data for their particular unit. However Moxie also has a lot of equipment that can be used to communicate with and track the people around her: four microphones in her head and a camera in front. Certain children’s devices, such as the smart Barbie, has been challenged for the privacy implications of incorporating microphones into children’s toys.
Most businesses have been seeking to make friendly robots over the last few years to interact at home. There’s Aibo, a robotic pet from Sony for $2,900.
Moxie will be released this fall.