Microsoft patent is for those times when all of your devices answer to "Hey Cortana" at once

Microsoft patent is for those times when all of your devices answer to
Microsoft has applied for a patent on a technology that prevents multiple devices from activating Cortana all at the same time when you say "Hey, Cortana." If you own a Windows 10 Mobile handset, a Microsoft Band 2, the Surface Pro 4 and a Windows 10 powered PC, asking Cortana your inquiry in close proximity to each device could result in hearing the response from all of your Cortana enabled devices at the same time.

For example, a request to set an alarm or timer meant for your phone could result in the setting of the timer or alarm on a different device. The patent application, titled Device Arbitration For Listening Devices, would allow devices to talk with each other before fully waking up. After chatting with each other, the devices will figure out which one of them should be handling your task. One example given, when you are typing on your PC, your Windows 10 Mobile handset should ignore the keyword that would awaken it.

Another example would require a device unable to perform a specific task, to turn that task over to the appropriate device. Let's say that you are typing away on your PC and need to make a call. "Hey Cortana," you bellow, "call Mom." In this case, the PC would hand over the request to your phone.


source: WIPO via MSPoweruser

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15 Comments

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Interesting patent. Should be of great benefit to the platform integration Microsoft is moving towards.

7. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Poor Microsoft, there's a lot of wishful thinking going on to assume anyone will have this issue. Lol, I'm just being a pain to the 2%ers on WP, and as for my PC Cortana is sleeping beauty, never to awake.

13. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Haha, same here, haven't bothered waking the 24/7 spyware on my Surface Pro for a long while now. However, that might be changing with the up coming anniversary update that claims to lighten on the 24/7 spying by not requiring an account log-in. I have many non-personal uses of Google now on my OnePlus One without enabling it's 24/7 spyware aspect (Google now cards).

23. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I get the overwhelming feeling that the world doesn't trust MS with their personal data storage. I think that is one of the small reasons that WP is failing and I imagine that any IoT devices from MS will also fail. I doubt people will be receptive to a MS Alexa, and they don't make TVs or refrigerators so I don't see them gaining ground in this market. I'm "pro" MS, it's all I use PC related at work and home. But I don't sign in to any of their services and turn off all of their reporting and market settings. (and usually firewall everything else that sneaks around in the background) I wish them luck, but I'd like to see some really good privacy policies as well as secure protocols before testing out anything IoT from them.

25. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

100% agreed, and the more they're pushing it with forced Windows updates (removed the simple GUI option to make updates manual), forced permissions (e.g. location) + forced "personalization" (e.g. requiring account log-in) + forced 24/7 spyware (i.e. the get to know me s**t) to simply use voice search, etc, the less thrust worthy they become. Only a dictator will think they're building "trust" by forcing such BS, and as history has shown multiple times, they're just being delusional with such thought process. Here's hoping Satya stops the stupid dictatorship and gives users back the control of how they want their PC (Personal Computer) to work...

8. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Some of dudes here thinks future smartphones and iot will be just like todays phone!!! And MSFT's vision is towards future not for present!!

9. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Problem is. Not everyone is good at speaking english. Even their pronunciation is quite different. Which is why Both "Hey Siri" and "Ok google" doesn't work for countries with 2nd english as their language.

10. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

But Cortona does this best. Voice assistance at its best. May be its search engine is not so great..... but voice resignation tech is top notch...

14. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I beg to differ on that. Cortana, as natural as it may sound, it's still in beta compared to both Siri and Google Now IMO. When I first got Cortana on my OnePlus One via a Cyanogen OS update, it was a terrible experience. It won't recognize the hot word, it would randomly pick up the hot word from some background noise, usually took a while to recognize and process my questions, and it sucked ass at recognizing my voice. I thought that was probably just half-baked software for a competitor platform, until I experienced the exact same sh!t on my Surface Pro 2 after upgrading to Windows 10 Pro. Whereas Google Now, inside Chrome on my Surface Pro 2 and on my OnePlus One, recognizes every single word/number. Heck, sometimes it even recognizes what I meant to say when I'm expecting it to fail either due to my throat going soar in the middle of a question, or me not properly pronouncing a word. Didn't need to do any voice training nor customization (if that were even possible in Chrome), whereas even after doing that with Cortana, it still sucks ass. For example, I asked Google Now in Chrome, "what is 57.85 + 89.76", and it did the search and read out to me "the answer is 147.61". Cortana opened edge and did a bing search for "What is 57.6 miles plus it's 9 points?" That's not even taking into account all the 24/7 spying on your e-mail/contacts/location/speech/writing/typing/bro​​wsing habits cortana demands in order to do a simple voice search. I gain a LOT out of Google Voice search without the 24/7 Google Now cards spyware for the sake of "personalization". Disabled cortana 'cause there's currently no benefit, just spyware.

17. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

Android user here, rather use Cortana in terms of understanding/comprehending my not so english-tongue

15. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Am i the only one that think that this patent is too obvious? Just one step better than a rectangular phone with round corners... Glee, give small time developer a break.. an obvious patent like this would not harm big corporation but rather the smaller players that can't afford any form of court battle.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

You just accused elitewolverine of bashing Google without merit in another article, and here you are doing the same you accused him of to Microsoft. You must swim in the Lake of Hypocrisy.

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Pretty much. Plus it was so obvious that all the other giant and small companies that have voice commands for a few years filed a patent for this. hehe some people right?

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly.

24. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

It is an obvious idea, but the implementation in quite complex and I'm sure that is deserving of a patent if they can get the logistics worked out. They are also using it for more than just what device is listening, so you can talk to your PC and get a response from you're phone. Apple would make better use of this patent, as would Google since they have much larger user bases that include multiple devices at the same location. This is more strategic for MS than it is useful.

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