'Panasonic is working on a floor lamp which incorporates a security camera with a floor lamp.
The device is designed to allow homeowners to monitor their properties without having to install obvious, wall-mounted cameras.
But it has raised privacy concerns with the potential use by landlords or AirBnB owners to spy, record and exploit unknowing tenants.
The lamp has been dubbed 'HomeHawk Floor' and its svelte design may raise issues for renters.
Airbnb's terms and conditions, for example, state hosts are required to inform inhabitants of any cameras or other recording devices.
Panasonic's design means that, if a person is to closely inspect the device, they will be able to spot the large, wide-angled lens pointing into the room.
An Indiegogo campaign has been launched by Panasonic to introduce the product and collect feedback from potential customers, Android Police reports.
Though no funding target has been set, the 'super early bird' offer of $185 (£140) has sold out with the unit currently listed at $199 (£150) — still $80 (£60) cheaper than the expected launch price.'
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