Future smartphones might respond to spoken commands, even in sleep mode
posted by Alan F. / Sep 24, 2012, 8:06 PM
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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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 Sep 24, 2012, 8:23 PM 2
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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 Sep 24, 2012, 10:27 PM 4
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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 Sep 24, 2012, 8:36 PM 2
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isn't this tech already in S-voice? beside the whole low energy use.... not that s voice is great or anything
posted on Sep 24, 2012, 9:09 PM 0
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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 Sep 24, 2012, 10:16 PM 0
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