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Samsung patent application suggests future phones will hear whispered speech better

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Samsung patent application suggests future phones will hear whispered speech better
Samsung has filed an application in Korea for a patent on a method to help smartphones better understand whispered speech. While the patent doesn't involve the actual technology that a phone would use to recognize a whisper, it does delve into the system that would be used to activate such a mode on a device.

The phone would be able to understand that a sharp decrease in volume has taken place, while at the same time the user would make a gesture on or near the device's screen. Based on an illustration that accompanied the filing, one of the gestures would involve the user cupping his mouth with his hand as though he/she was whispering in the ear of another person. For those who use their handset to discuss discreet matters, this might come in handy.

"Whisper method and apparatus for recognizing speech are disclosed. The step: step: of recognizing clearly the volume change through the second sensor and the step of activating the whisper voice recognition mode based on the whisper action and volume change of the user."-Samsung patent application, KIPRIS

The filing was made with KIPRIS (Korean Intellectual Property Office) on July 16th, 2014, and the exact title of the application is "Method And Apparatus For Recognizing Whispered Voice." And no, we don't expect this technology to show up in the Samsung Galaxy S7.

source: KIPRIS via GalaxyClub.nl (translated)

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posted on 26 Jan 2016, 03:56 1

1. submar (Posts: 565; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)

Funniest patent ever

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 04:10 3

2. shaineql (Posts: 421; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

I like the idea , talking to my so would be much easier when not in private places.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 04:17 3

3. MrElectrifyer (banned) (Posts: 3960; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)

*talking to my second wife?

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 05:12

6. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

*so called wife ?

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 05:02

4. artificialintelligence (Posts: 160; Member since: 05 Dec 2015)

Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), a former government operative, is trying to reconnect with his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace). Then his worst fears become real when sex slavers abduct Kim and her friend shortly after they arrive in Paris for vacation this could of all been avoided if she had this tech on her smartphone

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 05:04

5. promise7 (Posts: 891; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

All the better for the NSA to spy on you with.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 06:17

7. BradyCrack (Posts: 827; Member since: 29 Dec 2015)

Wow, innovative.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 07:02

8. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 586; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)

iPhone killer

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 07:03

9. xperiaZlover (Posts: 202; Member since: 15 Nov 2015)

Wow this is truly innovation.
This is an important feature.I must say I sometimes need to whisper while speaking as well.but people don't hear from the other side when we whisper.

Well done Samsung.

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