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Voice controls in iPhone, iPod and Apple TV?

A new technology filed by Apple that describes the integration of voice recognition in what appears in the documentation as a generic device and that can be recognized according to the applications as a iPhone, an iPod and even Apple TV.

A series of diagrams illustrate the various system components for a general description of the operation, in particular the recognition of the voice commands capable of executing a particular command pronounced by the user or even a sequence of commands to complete real macros.

As for iPod and iPhone, the user can pronounce complex commands, for example play "song title": the system recognizes the first word as a memorized command and the second as a title available in the song archive. The recognition intelligence also allows you to pronounce commands such as "Play 06", that is, a recognized command, followed by the abbreviation of the name of a playlist for example "Summer 06".

The use of recognition not limited to music playback functions but also extended to other applications. Also in the patent the procedure of a notice for a meeting is described, so it could be an iCal reminder. Once the device has issued the warning, the user can respond with a voice command such as "Cancel" or "Close". In a second example, the voice command could even recognize a complex command such as "Warn everyone that will delay 10 minutes", which is interpreted by the system as the intention of the user to send an email to all participants registered for the event.

In addition to the traditional commands that are expected from a voice control system, such as those related to telephone functions to activate a call by saying the name of the contact or to accept an incoming call, the patent filed by Apple illustrates some examples of voice recognition sensitive to different applications. For example, the user can control with voice the typical commands of the iPhone Photos program: by saying Take the system activates a macro that captures the image, saves it in memory and finally automatically sends it to the Web.

The same goes for voice mail functions in which the user can indicate the desired message by voice, start playing it and even, according to the examples shown, order to reply to the contact with a message simply by saying "Written answer see you at 9" .

In addition to the Apple devices, one of the scenarios illustrated in the patent provides for the integration of voice recognition also for living room systems, in which a microphone, for example connected to Apple TV, allows you to control its functions vocally.