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Future smartphones might respond to spoken commands, even in sleep mode

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Future smartphones might respond to spoken commands, even in sleep mode
Nuance Communications provides voice recognition technology to handset manufacturers. You might be familiar with the company's "Dragon Go!," a virtual assistant application, and some believe that Nuance provides the voice for Siri. Nuance is said to be working on a technology that would allow to talk to your smartphone and have it respond, without even touching the device, even when it is in sleep mode. According to Nuance Communications' chief technology officer, Vlad Sejnoha, the company is talking to chip manufacturers, looking for a way to embed this technology on a chipset and use very little power.

Nuance's Dragon Go! for the Apple iPhone

Nuance's Dragon Go! for the Apple iPhone

Sejnoha says that in the next year or two, once the technology is included in new models, you will be able to ask your phone, "When is my next appointment?" while it is in sleep mode, and the phone will wake itself up handle your request. Besides understanding what you are telling it, the phone also needs to verify that its owner is the one speaking to it. That will require improvements in the current technology so that the owner's voice can be distinguished from amongst everyday chatter and background noises.

There could be some privacy concerns about this type of functionality on a smartphone. The Nuance executive wonders if people will adapt to a technology that is always listening in to your conversations at some level. There might be some fear that things you are saying are being recorded on your phone and could get hacked into and discovered . So while this could be a useful feature for future smartphones to offer, it might require some additional trust on the part of smartphone owners.

source: MITTechnologyReview via BGR

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posted on 24 Sep 2012, 20:18

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


Please put this I'm Google now please :)

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 20:23 2

2. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


No thank you.

I'm all for new functionality, but there's a line I have to draw when it comes to privacy. This crosses it.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 20:27 1

3. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


I agree. I think that's doing to much...

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 20:29 1

4. wendygarett (unregistered)


There's always an option :)
If you don't like it, go to settings and disable it...
Problem solves :D

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 22:27 4

13. Dr.Phil (Posts: 932; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I think I would've drawn the line on privacy a long time ago with the government listening in on telephone calls and policemen being able to check through your text messages. We also have Apple recording Siri conversations, as well as carriers knowing where you are located and storing that information as well. I am pretty sure they have already found a way to remotely enable your cell phone's microphone to record what you are saying as well. You may not hear about it, but I'm sure someone has found a way.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 20:36 2

5. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


even if you disable it , I am sure it will still register what your saying. I mean, you turn off your gps location and you really think they cant pin point your location? Sorta the same thing I suppose... I don't know...

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 20:39

6. wendygarett (unregistered)


Woah!!! I don't think nuance can be so evil...
Do he??

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 20:46

7. wendygarett (unregistered)


Woah!!! I don't think nuance can be so evil...
Do he??

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 21:09

8. jiggaphone (Posts: 9; Member since: 25 Mar 2011)


isn't this tech already in S-voice? beside the whole low energy use.... not that s voice is great or anything

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 21:49

10. infernal88 (Posts: 113; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


in s voice it works from the lock-screen but it doesnt wake up the phone from the sleep mode

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 21:28

9. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


In that case there should be a separate room for phones to sleep alone :)

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 22:16

11. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


i really think microsoft should include this voice assistant to WP8!! WP8 is really amazing but still lack a "PROPER and REAL" voice assistant!

isnt this the company that make NINA another voice assistant?

so i really wish Microsoft should think about this! coz even RIM on its upcoming BB10, they are preparing a voice assistant!

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 22:26

12. Samsomesh (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


That will be great.!!

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 04:31

14. Lawliet (Posts: 160; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


Then you speak in your dream...

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 11:10

15. speckledapple (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


So I am guessing that if you cursed out your device for being slow, the phone would respond by not working?

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 21:39

16. bayusuputra (Posts: 945; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


at night..

Aaarrgghh.. Arrrrgghhhhh..

I'm coming....

and then my phone goes..
"Ok, I will open the door for you"

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