• Apple Files a Patent for a "Smart Dock" with Siri Voice Integration for iOS Devices

    According to a recent report by the folks over at AppleInsider, Apple has filed for a US patent detailing a smart dock that would allow users to access voice recognition functions such as Siri once a compatible device is connected. The patent describes the dock as composing of multiple parts including housing with a touchscreen, integrated microphones, speakers and tactile buttons, along with a connector, wireless radio and internal processor.

    A user would assign an audio prompt to the device upon setup such as a spoken word, phrase or hand clap that would trigger the dock for use and can also “unpair” voice recognition functions with another specific audio prompt. This would allow for the dock to filter out ambient noise and allow a voice recognition feature like Siri to perform effectively when listening and responding to the user upon being given a task. As an example, a user could create an event on a calendar by giving a verbal cue to the dock holding a connected device and speaking to the appropriate prompt. The patent mentions the following regarding the matter:

    In yet another embodiment, when the voice recognition mode of the portable electronic device is activated, the processor of the portable electronic device is further configured to receive voice input from the dock via the receptacle connector, the voice input including a use request. The processor retrieves the requested information and generates audio output including a response to the user request. The audio output is transmitted by the processor to the dock via the receptacle connector.
    The patent continues to detail other embodiments of the invention where the signals between the dock and device can be transmitted wirelessly, potentially allowing for things such as AirPlay functionality. Other potential add-ons to the dock which were described included removable storage media such as an external hard drive, a GPS receiver, and environmental sensors such as an accelerometer or temperature sensor. It isn’t known if Apple will actually create a smart dock for its products but the existence of a device as detailed in the patent would be of a new effort for the company. Currently Apple sells docks for the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S but both of them act merely as charging cradles for the devices. Other accessories such as the iHome family of clock-radios and speaker systems offer a bit more functionality but very little in the context of deep interaction with a device.

    We’ll have to wait and see what comes of the technology described in the patent but from the sounds of it, the technology is headed in the right direction.

    Source: USPTO via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Files a Patent for a "Smart Dock" with Siri Voice Integration for iOS Devices started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. Selfmadexpert's Avatar
      Selfmadexpert -
      Great! Now the government can listen to us in a newer and easier way!
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by Selfmadexpert View Post
      Great! Now the government can listen to us in a newer and easier way!
      And to think, this quote would seem pie-in-the-sky from a tinfoil wearing lunatic just a few years ago. And now, thanks in part to Snowden, it's not so unbelievable.
    1. Shigoroku's Avatar
      Shigoroku -
      Seems to me like the Siri car functionality Apple has already talked about.
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