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

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.

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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16 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

Please put this I'm Google now please :)

2. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

3. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

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

4. wendygarett unregistered

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

13. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

5. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 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...

6. wendygarett unregistered

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

7. wendygarett unregistered

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

8. jiggaphone

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 25, 2011

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

10. infernal88

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

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

9. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

11. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 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!

12. Samsomesh

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

That will be great.!!

14. Lawliet

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Then you speak in your dream...

15. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

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

16. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 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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