Apple continues their Project in Designing Siri to accept requests from a user in the form of a Whisper
Way back in May of this year Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple continues Work on Siri within Messages to assist users in Noisy Environments and more." The report noted that the U.S. Patent Office revealed more of Apple's work on Siri for Messages where users could interact with Siri via Messages if they're in a quite library or in a very noisy environment and still get Siri's assistance and more.
Yesterday the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that is essentially advancing their earlier work on this project.
Beyond use in a library as noted in the initial report on this in May, Apple extends that line of thinking and states that being able to whisper a question to Siri and have it quietly respond could be handy when attending a meeting in a conference room with other meeting participants.
Apple's patent FIG. 8A noted below is one of the key patent figures that illustrates a block diagram of functions of a digital assistant that includes a Whispered Speech Determination Module, a Whisper Conversion Module and a Speech Synthesis Module.
The flow chart of patent FIG. 9A represents block #902 where a speech input can be received from a user. At block #904, the speech input includes an informational request. At block #906, the speech input includes a request to perform a task.
For more details on Apple's patent application #20170358301 click here. Apple filed their application back in Q3 2016. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.
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