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Google Submits Patent Application For Siri-Like Interface On Google TV

Google is reportedly working on a big new feature for Google TV. According to a report and leaked images from Patently Apple, the search giant is looking to command the living room. The software, when released, will allow users to speak queries into a specially designed application that will then relay commands to your TV. As seen in the picture above, you can simply ask when your favorite shows are on and receive a full layout of expected airing times of the questioned programs. 

Another key feature for Google’s new software, is the ability to control your TV even when you are not home. Here is an explanation of the feature taken straight from the 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

So the question for some may be, “When can I have it?” Well, don’t start throwing your money at the monitor yet, because so far, there are no reports on when we could see this implemented into Google TV. But, is this something we could see as useful? Would you use it? There are plenty of iPhone users who completely turn Siri off, so would we do the same with this or is this different? Sound off down below.

Via: BGR, Patently Apple

  • digitalicecream

    New title suggestion; “Majel is coming to your tv, price of LCD TV’s to go through the floor as Android fans purchase televisions and line their hallways with them, just to ask if Sienfeld is on tonight. Also, Startrek wallpapers now all the rage.”

  • GCurry

    I want a patent on the use of nouns when talking to a computer.

  • Rob Becker

    I had this idea when Google TV came out and I still want it.

  • Anonymous

    I’m happy that Google beat apple to it.

  • EC8CH

    I for one would be more comfortable talking to a computer in the privacy of my own home.  Something about talking to my phone in public makes me feel uncomfortable.

  • EC8CH

    Ok Google, listen up…

    It should start listening to me when I saw COM-PEW-TA, not computer, COM-PEW-TA.

    Make it so!

    • Anonymous

      Are you from Staten Island?

      • EC8CH

        No,

        La Barre, France 

        although I speak with an English Accent.

        The 24th century is a strange place indeed.

        • Anonymous

          OOOOHH.  Brit speak.  Picard.  Missed the reference.

          • EC8CH

            I thought the “make it so” was enough to make it obvious :-P

  • Anonymous

    sigh… even though natural language processing speech recognition systems have been around for decades, from now on people will call them “Siri-like”

    • Stating El Obvious

      …and that’s how the world works.  You make something popular, you’re recognized for it.  I mean, I don’t get why you’re so shocked.

  • Anonymous

    “Siri-like”? Apple comes out with a product that already existed and everybody thinks it came first. They think that every product after Apple is a copy cat.

    • Anonymous

      I just said this same thing on DL’s Google+ feed. 

      I agree wholeheartedly.

    • Cisco

      Yup! Your right! Steve Jobs goal was always to try and make something in existence suitable for the masses.. First Mac first iPod first (well iPhone was the first touch screen)

      • Droids

        …well iPhone was the first touch screen
        No, it wasn’t. We’re all grateful for the direction Apple pushed the smartphone towards, but Apple didn’t invent the smartphone or the touchscreen, or the combination of the two.

        • Stating El Obvious

          Arguments like these are so dumb.  Name one thing that Google straight up “invented” that didn’t exist already or where they used existing technologies to create something?  Such silly stupidity from the android sheep.

          • Anonymous

            He’s not saying Google invented all the tech they use, he’s saying apple shouldn’t be able to sue since apple is basically standing on others shoulders, the same as Google.

          • Stating El Obvious

            Apple is “able to sue” because they have the patent.  It’s completely irrelevant if they created it or not.  They own the patent and therefore they can sue.  When Motorola is acquired by Google, Google will be “able” to sue anyone they want who violates a non-FRAND patent of Motorola’s.  

            Every company uses pre-existing technology to create their products (including Apple).  Apple just knows how to make this stuff mainstream and other companies try to imitate it.  Any one who doesn’t agree with that is in denial and is a Kool-Aid drinking android cult member.

            You don’t need to invent everything you produce to be recognized for it, nor do you have to invent every technology in order to sue someone.

          • Plastic

            Dude, what are you even talking about….

          • Stating El Obvious

            Reread it slowly, you’ll get it!  I think you got too ambitious with your 4th grade reading level.

          • Bob Martin

            i’d love to be a “kool-aide drinking android cult member”. kool-aide is a really good drink. i would much rather b that then an apple sheep. which u seem to be and have even proven it numerous times.

          • Stating El Obvious

            Yes, and you are a kool-aid drinking android cult member, which you’ve proven right now.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

      We use “Siri-like” as a way to compare and reference the way it actually works. Relax :)

      • Anonymous

        How about something more like. “Google Submits Patent Application for Conversational Voice Command Interface on Google TV”

        Anything but copying the source, Pantently Apple, and calling it “SIRI-like” as well.

        • Noyfb

          Is this a part of the Majel prodject? The voice talking/responding software Big G is working on 

    • http://www.facebook.com/jonathanf Jonathan Fingas

      It’s the best analogy.  Google doesn’t have anything directly comparable to Siri (Voice Actions is much more like conventional voice than Apple’s work), so this is the frame of reference.

  • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

    This is just awful.  Please don’t approve any more patents from Apple or Google unless they are truly innovative.  Why must stuff like this be allowed to be used by only one company.  I LOVE Google, but the world is moving toward an “interact with everything through voice” future.  We cannot let patents slow that progress.

    • Anonymous

      Of course, I could be wrong on this, but my assumption is that they are filing the patent for protection, not to make money off of it. 

      Google is fully invested in making money mainly through advertising.  It wouldn’t surprise me if Google received this patent, then Apple implemented something similar with iTV/AppleTV/Whatever, and Google did not sue them even if they were in clear violation… that’s just how Google works.

      Again, I could be wrong, just my assumption.

    • EC8CH

      I agree, unless it gets more specific in the claims the overall premise of this patent is so obvious.

      • John Tamplin

        And slide to unlock wasn’t?  Etc, etc.

    • Anonymous

      That was Google’s strategy some time back, but then Apple filed for the patents for technology very similar to Google’s, Apple sued, Google got burned.  

      “Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice… I can’t be fooled again” … G.W. Bush

  • Anonymous

    Shame that Apple already patented GoogleTV…and TV for that matter.

    • Stating El Obvious

      Even bigger shame that Google is copying Apple again…

      • Asking El Stupido

         Where can I buy Apple’s voice activated TV? That sounds cool.

        • Stating El Obvious

          Wait, you were confused about what I meant?  You’re dumber then I gave you credit for…

          • gorexinfx

            And you’re dumber THAN him.

          • Stating El Obvious

            thanks for your input, sheep.

          • http://profiles.google.com/borochocho Cesar Lopez

            If i could find you, i would stick an apple in your mouth and make you swallow it whole!!!!!!!!!

      • Anonymous

        How exactly?  This doesn’t appear to be so “obvious”.

        Speaking to your phone to interact with your TV is nothing Crapple has done yet; at least to my limited knowledge of their existing AppleTV product.

        • Stating El Obvious

          How can this be so confusing for you people…I’m referring to the fact that the headline itself says its a “siri-like” interface which requires talking to a device to get it to do something and the same sheep here who are high fiving themselves are the ones who were talking about how stupid siri was…

          • Anonymous

            For the record, I thought Siri was a pretty cool idea; but from what I understand, it’s implementation has been poorly executed.  I do think the idea of talking to your phone and asking “Do you love me?” and getting a response is pretty stupid.  I understand Siri was MUCH better before Apple purchased and implemented it.

            The title was poor wording on Tim’s part and surprised he used it.  Considering Android had voice commands first, like, “Play _____” taking me to a YouTube search or “Call ____” calling someone from my address book.  I think it’s ironic that everything voice controlled is now compared to Siri.  The only thing that might be “Siri-like” about this is the “natural language” part of it. 

            Nothing else appears to be a “copy” of it.  Considering Watson is also able to understand natural language, I think looking at Siri as the first and only system to understand natural language is a bit silly.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jonathanf Jonathan Fingas

            No, Siri isn’t worse under Apple; it’s changed, which means some things went away, and some things came in.  You can’t book a restaurant with Siri now, but you also couldn’t text message someone or set a geofenced reminder, either.

            And natural language is everything.  Everything.  Voice often doesn’t get used in Android, BlackBerry, or other platforms because it requires a very stiff syntax and is almost always just a single-action system.  You have to say “weather Austin” or it won’t understand what you mean; Siri lets you ask “will it rain today?” and it knows both to give you a direct answer as well as give a detailed forecast for the day.

            The patent is mostly relevant because Apple likely started developing a Siri-guided TV before Google filed for its patent, so it’s something of a race to voice-activated TVs.

          • EC8CH

            And what it the implementation of any of these voice command systems is novel or groundbreaking? It’s sad to see yet another input method flooded with overly generic patents.

      • Anonymous

        Really? Apple has the ability to run a voice search through a smartphone and relay the answer to a television? Sounds pretty magical so I guess you may be right. I suppose if that were the case, you’d be correct in saying that Google is copying Apple at something: Patenting other people’s work… 

      • Anonymous

        As in patenting features they didn’t invent? Yep.

      • Mike

        Google voice search was out more than a year ahead of Siri and it has mostly the same functionality.  Who did Google copy again?

        in case you missed the point, Siri was basically a clone of Google’s Voice search (albeit with better marketing behind it), so good call there numbnutz.

  • Stating El Obvious

    Wait, I thought all the android fanboys said siri was dumb?  Now this is “great news”?  Damn android sheep!

    • Anonymous

      Let me clear it up for you. We all think you’re dumb.

      • Stating El Obvious

        “Siri is so dumb!!”
        “This is great news, we now have Siri!”

        LOL…sheep.

        • Anonymous

          I think you fail to miss the point.  Some of the things Siri does are pretty dumb and useless, like their newest commercial shows. 

          Controlling a device attached to your TV via voice… Star Trek style is actually pretty useful.  Typing on a TV remote flat out sucks.

          • Stating El Obvious

            So just to be clear, talking to your phone is now suddenly ok?  There are plenty of rumors that Apple is going to do something like this as well, and when (not if) they do it before Google, are you still going to think it’s cool?  If so, then that’s cool.

          • Anonymous

            Talking to your phone in this manner “Call Dad Home” is fine. 

            What’s not cool is “Siri, do you love me?” “Siri, what’s your favorite color?”  Pretending Siri is a person is not cool and pretty bizarre. 

            I promise you a Google implementation won’t include “Majel, what show do you want to watch with me tonight?” as something that will get a response.  People should not be conversing directly with their gadgets.

          • Stating El Obvious

            Do you really think that Apple users sit at home going “Siri, do you love me?”  or “Hey Siri, how’s it going today??  Did you have a great day??”

            Asking it stupid questions is just a stupid way to pass time.  You can’t really believe that Apple users believe that Siri is their one true friend, and that they’ll be BFF’s for life…right?

            Also, you don’t think when this comes out, that you android sheep aren’t going to ask it stupid questions?  That it’s going to be all business as usual?…Seriously??

            These are the same sheep who have a Siri-clone available in the market which has an avatar of a chick with big boobs…yes, android users are so mature and will not make jokes with this…gimme a break.

          • EC8CH

            COM-PEW-TA

            Transport Mr. Obviouso to the surface of Trolololo Prime

          • Stating El Obvious

            Hey can you repeat that?  I was engineering something so I missed it.  Thanks!

          • EC8CH

            You’re really up in a tissy over this one.

          • Stating El Obvious

            Yeah I am.  Your observation skills are impeccable.  Thanks for feeding the troll :)

          • EC8CH

            So do you just Troll Droid-Life or do you spread the love around to other Android sites as well? just curious…

          • Stating El Obvious

            Droid-life is the only site where I can bait engineers.  So only droid-life.

          • EC8CH

            ok

            carry

            on

            then

          • Stating El Obvious

            I am…

          • Anonymous

            I’m not even sure why I’m feeding you at this point. 

            Do I think that Apple users ask Siri stupid questions?  Yes.  Why have articles been written about it.  Sure, once the novelty factor wears off, probably not as much, but Apple people definitely like to show off Siri as a “toy”.  This is something I’ve seen personally; as well as how poorly it’s implemented.

            Never thought Apple users think Siri is their friend, but if they don’t use it for stupid questions like that, then how different is it really from Google Voice Commands?  Hell, even your boy Woz says Android’s implementation of voice commands is better… AND it was first.  Apple copied Google on this round, and they didn’t do it better.

            Yes, it will be business as usual.  Nobody cares about asking it stupid questions.  I do believe that because we’ve had it for so long, we don’t need to see how it will respond to “Siri, can we have sex?”

            Your last paragraph is so off point, I don’t even know where to begin.  iFan obsessed with Android.  Interesting.

          • Stating El Obvious

            LOL, sheep are hilarious.  So you’re telling me that if/when Google does this, that no Android user is going to ask it a stupid question because “we’ve had it for so long”??…I mean, the android kool-aid is clearly wayyy stronger then the iPhone variety.  You take the cake for the dumbest post I’ve ever read.

            http://gizmodo.com/5851896/iris-for-android-kind-of-like-siri-but-for-android

            There’s some of the android sheep asking iris stupid questions…shocking because they’ve “had it for so long”

            You sheep really are funny people…

          • Anonymous

            I’m not going to lie, that’s pretty stupid.

            Keep in mind, that isn’t Google’s implementation, nor will it ever be Google’s implementation. 

            http://www.fastcompany.com/1802035/three-ways-googles-majel-could-out-chat-apples-siri-and-one-big-way-to-fail

            The first section sums it up nicely.  Not meant to be stupid, but meant to understand natural language and respond factually.

          • Stating El Obvious

            It doesn’t matter what Google’s implementation is.  You’re here saying that no Android user is going to ask it stupid questions, and saying that is all types of stupid and sheeplike.  

            Of course an Android user is going to ask it a stupid question, just like an Apple user would.  To say that Google is not going to have precanned responses is just dumb.  So if an Android user asks something stupid to this TV crap, it’s just going to say “I don’t understand”?  No.  It’s going to say something “witty”, or “stupid” or “funny”.

            This whole thing’s point is to provide some kind of familiar interaction, not to make it look like you’re talking to a mindless robot.  

            Not sure where you’re getting the idea that there’s “no way” Google wouldn’t make it have a personality, or “guarantee” that Google’s implementation won’t have this.  Like I said, the Android Kool-Aid is strong.

          • Anonymous

            This is my last time feeding you troll.  Go get your food elsewhere after this.

            Reading is obviously not your strong point, which I find ironic for someone who’s handle is “Stating the Obvious”.  Numbers refer to paragraphs you typed:

            1) Google will not implement answering of stupid questions.  Someone might say “Majel, do you love me?” to which Majel would most likely reply, “I am a computer and do not love, but I can answer your qestions.”  It will not be witty, snarky, or funny, it will be a computer with a voice and act as such.

            2) That’s where your wrong.  For an iFan who trolls Android sites, you obviously haven’t read much about Andy Rubin’s opposition to the “personality” part of Siri.  Why would he be so outspoken about it’s silliness then work to implement an exact copy in Android.  You may find this hard to believe, but Google does not copy or want to create products made by Crapple.  I know you’d really like to believe that, but it’s just not true in the real world; I can’t speak much for those of you who have become a Jobs’ sheep and given into his ‘Reality Distortion Field’ as it’s been dubbed.

            3) That’s Siri’s goal, not Google’s goal.  See above about Google not trying to copy or be Crapple.

            4) Really?  I really have to do your research for you, don’t I?  
            http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/android-s-andy-rubin-slaps-down-siri-1035242

            Majel will not be your friend.  You love that iKoolAid.  You can think what you will, but considering Andy Rubin pretty much leads Android development, I think it’s a pretty solid assumption that Majel will not be your friend.

            As I said, I’m done with you since you seem to think you know it all and it’s too much of a pain to reply with these narrow windows.  I already typed this in NotePad.

          • Stating El Obvious

            The Kool-Aid is strong with you my friend.

          • RadicalPie

            He shut you up to the point where all you say is kool aid and android sheep. I’d say you look pretty stupid now.

          • Anonymous

            Nope, that happened 3-4 posts ago

          • Anonymous

            So controlling your phone via voice is dumb but it’s pretty useful on a tv?…typing on a phone flat out sucks….

          • Stating El Obvious

            Yeah suddenly voice stuff is awesome, 3 months ago it was a gimmick…

          • TomAce7

            “Voice stuff” has always been awesome.  Being able to control a device with the sound of your voice is an advancement in technology that makes life more convenient.  Google realized this and incorporated it into their smartphones, calling it “Voice Actions”.  Apple realized this as well and, with their fantastic marketing team, created a gimmick called Siri.  Siri will chat with you about religion, have Scottie beam you up, and even call you “Rock God”.. Yeah!  When I want the weather forecast, I don’t want to start a conversation with my phone first, or ask it stupid nonsense like “Do you think it will snow today?!” Instead, I just say “weather”.  You wan’t someone to talk to – get a friend. If you want something that will make your life easier – get an Android.

          • Stating El Obvious

            LOL…ok, sheep.  So in your kool-aid mind, if you say “weather” to Siri, your iPhone will explode into many bits?  You think that saying “weather” wouldn’t work?

            Like I said, you android sheep are the same ones who had a Siri alternative like 8 hrs after Siri was announced, and here you are saying how awesome this TV crap is.

            The kool-aid must taste amaaaazzzinnnggg.

          • TomAce7

            I’m sure that my iPhone will not explode if i simply say “weather”.. In fact, I am certain it will do the EXACT same thing my droid does when I say it.  The point is, once you get over the gimmick that is Siri, you are left with the same exact feature that was implemented into the Android OS two years ago – a feature that is now making its way to televisions, making a lot of happy consumers.  The fact that you refer to me as a sheep and make kool-aid references while defending a company with the largest cult following of consumers is beyond absurd.  You should have taken the blue pill cause I’m pretty sure your caught up in the matrix.

          • Stating El Obvious

            If it’s the same exact implementation as Android, why exactly were you sheep calling it a gimmick 3 months ago, and now are  rejoicing over Iris and this TV crap?  

            You guys sound like a jealous little brother who wishes Google was able to make things mainstream like Apple does.  It’s not going to happen, bro.

          • Anonymous

            Android users have been controlling our phones for years via our voice.  Welcome to current technology.  Nice of Apple to finally bring it.

            Talking to your phone like it’s your BFF is what’s dumb. 

          • Anonymous

            Android users have been controlling our phones for years via our voice.  Welcome to current technology.  Nice of Apple to finally bring it.

            Talking to your phone like it’s your BFF is what’s dumb. 

          • Anonymous

            They both suck. No sane people will use some useless voice command on either Phone or TV for go to command.

    • Anonymous

      LoL, ok there “Rock God” nuff said. Go back to apple land where your phone has just become your Yes Man.

      • Stating El Obvious

        LOL at the sheep. 

        “Talking to devices is so cool!  This is really awesome!!!

        • Anonymous

          El Obnoxious, you are all sorts of iRetarded.  Seriously pick a stance, you first defend Siri and now you make fun of it? I’ve been making fun of it since the beginning.  I guess the saying is correct; Everything with a mind has an opinion, even dumb ass moronic baristas. 

          • Stating El Obvious

            No one’s making fun of Siri.  I have no opinion on Siri.  I’m making fun of sheep like you who said that Siri is a dumb gimmick, and are now saying “this is awesome great news!!”

            You sheep are a funny bunch of cult members.

          • Anonymous

            I love how an applefan boy troll goes out of his way to comment on an android site has the nerve to call anyone a sheep. P.S. your statement stated you don’t have a mind. k thanks. 

          • Stating El Obvious

            Yes, because android fanboys never comment on Apple sites… :|

            P.S.  You’re an android sheep.

            “Hey guys did you hear about this new GoogleTV thing?? You can talk to your TV now?!  This is great news!!

          • Anonymous

            Yea because I make sooo many posts. I am sure if anyone cared enough about you and checked your post history, we’d probably see that you really need to get a job, a girlfriend, or a bottle of lube. Listen here though guy, I have a meeting to get to in a little bit, so I won’t be able to respond and I am sure you need to get coffee or fries for someone, so it was nice chatting with you. Our discussion really shows how quick the mind of an iNerd works. Keep it real and get lost. 

          • Stating El Obvious

            LOL…”I have a meeting to go to!” 

            Have fun on the OWS line, sheep.

    • Plastic

       Oh ok, so you’re a troll. That explains it.

      In that case, disregard the reply I posted to one of your other comments.

    • Bob Martin

      yea. im sorry to say but siri on a phone is still dumb. all u need on a phone r basic voice commands which android had first. but siri technology on a 50 inch hd tv is genius. imagine watching tv and u can’t find a show to watch so u simply ask the tv what movies r currently playing and it shows the list. now tell me at least one useful command that siri has that android phones don’t have. and remember. it has to b a useful command and something most people will b using every day.

  • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

    This is part of Android@Home, I’m sure of it.

  • Anonymous

    Has anyone patented talking yet?

    • EC8CH

      *wink*
      *nod*
      *scratching my elbow*

  • Cisco

    People are ignorant and impatient when it comes to using Siri. They talk to it as if they were talking to another person, not a personal assistant who can do limited things.

    Siri on my iPhone 4, iPad 2 is extremely useful, but I know how to use her. An the dev community have added siri hacks for toggling system pref as well as launching apps

    • Cisco

      Point being.. If google tv has it, it will be used by those who take the time to learn it. Turned of by people who are impatient and ignorant and enhanced by the dev community

      • Anonymous

        “Siri, call me an ambulance!” “Ok, from now on I’ll call you ‘an ambulance’. Is this correct?”

        • Cisco

          Lol.. Yup, I have her calling me sir

        • Anonymous

          That’s my issue with Siri. I don’t want to guess what it will and won’t do. I want to know what commands work and how. And I want third-party apps to be able to set up their own keywords and commands.

          • Cisco

            Yup, apple list of commands is very minimal and hackers are trying to do what you just stated.. Wish it was native though

        • Anonymous

          Or you can just say Siri call 911 …if you have the time to unlock your phone..hold down the home button and ask Siri a command I’m pretty sure you can just dial 911 instead

          • Cisco

            You would Need to have ambulance on your contacts and say call ambulance but yes.. Call 911 does work

  • Anonymous

    This is great news, but I smell a law suit coming from a fruit.. 

    • Michael Forte

      A rotten one at that…

  • shdowman

    Nice.

    This might not come to market for some time, but if Apple expects to enter the TV market (as has been rumored) then good luck using SIRI.

  • BostonB

    This sounds amazing, I just hope it comes out before the dreaded Apple TV launch… I don’t need my Apple fan boy roommate talking trash again… right now he is super jealous of my Sony!

    • Cisco

      Apple tv is out.. As a fanboy I think it’s dumb.. I rather watch cable/satellite tv lol

      • BostonB

        No rumor is apple is going to release a TV that they will make… not just a box in Q4

  • Dan

    I just want more details on majel

    • Cisco

      Agreed.. It looked very promising!