Google Voice Actions

Google may be developing a voice activated remote for Google TV devices, if we're to believe the rumors around the Internet today. Last year Google filed for a patent with the USPTO for a new remote and/or Android application that uses Google's cloud assisted voice recognition technology to navigate through the menus on your Google TV. Of course, everyone is comparing it to Siri, but Google has been working on this technology since they were first to market with Voice Actions in August of 2010.  

According to the filings, users will be able to speak into their Android smartphone or dedicated Google TV remote, transmit their speech to Google's servers to be analyzed, then the correct intent will be sent back through the network to the GTV unit.  There's also indications here to allow the process to work up to a quarter-mile away, so we can tell our television to be on and have Wheel of Fortune playing when we walk in the door. From the patent filing:

the provision of the query to the television may occur when the user is within a set distance of his home also (e.g., by determining with GPS functionality on the smartphone that he is within 1/4 mile of the home), and the television may be turned on automatically as he approaches the home, with the television tuned to a channel that is determined to be most relevant to the query

Add in additional uses like music controls and application commands, and you'll have a full featured voice remote.

Using your Android phone as a remote for Google TV is something we expect from the people in Mountain View. Tying the two together is natural, and we've already seen an Android app remote that uses voice input, and it works well. Having Google take this further can only mean good things for anyone who's interested in talking back to their television. Hopefully, we see something more about this in the near future -- I'm ready for it.

Source: Patently Apple

 

Reader comments

Is Google developing a Voice Action remote for Google TV?

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Current Apple TV don't have a mic, also got same problem as Google TV, STBs are not good device to build-in mic to due distance to user and noice of other devices :p thats why remote is better solution, i bet Apple will go this way too

THAT source site...is a bit terrible IMO.
The comments are full of people saying Google's copying Apple...as if Google had never launched any Voice Action before Siri...

Uh... does anyone here own a Google TV? This is how it's currently done.

Using the remote, you can voice search on your Google TV. The way you guys worded it, makes it seem like you have no idea that this is how it works.

Speaking to your phone, then routes to Google servers to real-time interpret and sends commands back to your GTV. This is currently implemented.

Perhaps they're expanding what you can control with voice, but the APIs and technology is already there. From reviewing this, I'd say old news and poor source site.