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

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.

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



1. SleepingOz unregistered

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

2. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

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

3. VinCrel

Posts: 39; Member since: Dec 26, 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

5. Sackboy117

Posts: 178; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

does it actually say that after asking it multiple times?

4. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

6. Jerry209

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 17, 2011

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

7. torr310

Posts: 1731; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

not a fan of voice commands at all.

8. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 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

9. dumbdumb

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 20, 2012

yah except its already been invented its called a WIFE

10. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 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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