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Patent shows that Siri could be used for shopping and other functions in the future

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Patent shows that Siri could be used for shopping and other functions in the future
Apple appears to be expecting much more out of Siri. Rather than just asking the voice-activated personal assistant what pi is to 34 places, it looks like the Cupertino based tech giant expects users to be ordering products using Siri. A patent granted to Apple last year called "Intelligent Automated Assistant," is for Siri and the documentation reveals how the application works. The idea is to let users buy books, DVDs, music and other items just using the buyer's voice.

Will Siri say this in the future?

Will Siri say this in the future?

Some of the speculation includes letting Siri find the store offering an item at the lowest price or cheapest shipping. And with Apple's grand designs on every market it touches, Siri could allow buyers to scour non-Apple retailers like Best Buy or Amazon. Apple would be able to collect a toll from each purchase made for simply allowing a Siri user to shop online through a number of retailers. It would also allow Apple to suggest one of its products as a substitute for a requested item. "Siri, I want to buy the Samsung GALAXY Nexus," you might say into your iPhone only to get a response like, "Don't you mean you want to buy an Apple iPhone?" and take you to the Apple Store to purchase it.

Currently, asking Siri to make an online purchase results in the personal assistant saying, "Sorry, I can't purchase that." With the
Wolfram Alpha engine Siri uses, Apple iPhone 4S users can now find out from Siri if a certain product is in stock at Best Buy. An actual purchase however, cannot be completed. Of course, there is no guarantee that the functions described in the patent will ever make it into a version of the Apple iPhone. Still, the possibilities seem so enticing for Apple that it would seem like a sure thing to be included in a future version of the device.

source: FreePatentsOnline via AppleInsider

The patent received by Apple that lets Siri do the shopping

The patent received by Apple that lets Siri do the shopping


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posted on 19 Jan 2012, 17:59 6

1. SleepingOz (unregistered)


"Siri, I want to buy the Samsung GALAXY Nexus,"

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 18:17 2

2. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Hahaha! "Sorry, I cannot understand what you are saying."

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 18:24 5

3. VinCrel (Posts: 39; Member since: 26 Dec 2011)


I guess Siri is quite insistent..

"Siri, I want to buy the Samsung GALAXY Nexus."
"You would like to but the iPhone 4S? I'm going to get you the Apple stores nearby."
"No, I said, I want to buy the Samsung GALAXY Nexus."
"I understand. I will pull up the map for the nearest Apple stores."

Now, tell me who's dumber?
lol

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 18:57

5. Sackboy117 (Posts: 178; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


does it actually say that after asking it multiple times?

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 18:33 3

4. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6283; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


So they patent for shopping? What the hell is wrong with Apple? Now their trying too keep companies from using shopping as a patent

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 19:55

6. Jerry209 (Posts: 42; Member since: 17 Sep 2011)


Siri is a slut watching me wank it oh bitch I saw u ..dirty

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 21:01

7. torr310 (Posts: 359; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


not a fan of voice commands at all.

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 21:36 2

8. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


Apple should go even further to help their apple iphone users : Siri should have access to your credit card and buy order things even without asking you

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 00:27 1

9. dumbdumb (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Jan 2012)


yah except its already been invented its called a WIFE

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 02:38 1

10. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


You think siri is a patented trick invented by apple and siri is simply my wife speaking from another iPhone ?

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