Google 'Active Watching' Tech Gets Patented for Better Voice Command Integration

By Prarthito

    If you are always on Internet via your smartphone, chances are that you have already fallen in love with voice commands. And if that's so, then let us tell you that you could be in for a treat as Google is on the verge of making the voice command tech even more revolutionary.

    According to reports, a new patent that was filed by Google earlier this month is said to take voice commands to a whole new level. Dated Septmeber 4, the patent is titled as "detecting the end of a user question."

    Google 'Active Watching' Tech Gets Patented for Better Voice Command


    This new patent includes a certain "active watching" technology that will further enhance the overall Google Search. As revealed, the technology records voices, faces and even lip movement of anyone within range of the phone.

    But there's more apart from the whole voice integration thing. Apparently, cameras and videos will also be involved in determining where a user is and how to service him. "The digital capture device may be a digital video recorder, digital camera, a webcam, etc," the official patent states.

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    "The visual capture device may capture visuals and represent the visuals as a stream of images that may form a video," it further adds.

    Moreover, "the visual analyzer may determine the number of people in an area represented by the visual data, the identity of the people, the vertical and horizontal angles of the heads of the people, and lip movement of the people" reads the patent.

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    Google is doing big things here. It attempts to detect "deliberation" between people with audio/visual indicators. Later, depending on what their algorithmic stats recommend, it can offer answers as if it was engaged in an ongoing dialogue. In fact, it can even choose to stop actively listening altogether.


    As of now, it must be noted that at present Google has only just patented the "active watching" technology. It isn't really clear whether the company will indeed incorporate the tech in the near future. Only time will tell.

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