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Old Dec 5, 2013, 08:46 AM   #1
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Apple Files Patent for 'Smart Dock' with Voice Recognition for Devices




Apple has filed for a United States patent detailing a smart dock that would allow users to access voice recognition functions such as Siri once a compatible device is connected, reports AppleInsider. The patent describes the dock as composing of multiple parts including a housing with a touch screen, integrated microphone, speakers and tactile buttons, along with a connector, wireless radio, and internal processor.

In detail, a user would assign an audio prompt to the device upon setup such as a spoken word, phrase, or hand clap that would trigger the dock for use, and can also "unpair" voice recognition functions with another specific audio prompt. This allows for the dock to filter out ambient noise and allow a voice recognition feature like Siri to perform effectively when listening and responding to the user upon being given a task. For example, a user could create an event on a calendar by giving a verbal cue to the dock holding a connected device and speaking the appropriate prompt.
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In yet another embodiment, when the voice recognition mode of the portable electronic device is activated, the processor of the portable electronic device is further configured to receive voice input from the dock via the receptacle connector, the voice input including a use request. The processor retrieves the requested information and generates audio output including a response to the user request. The audio output is transmitted by the processor to the dock via the receptacle connector.
The patent also details other embodiments of the invention where the signals between the dock and device can be transmitted wirelessly, potentially allowing for things such as AirPlay functionality. Also described are potential add-ons to the dock, including removable storage media such as an external hard drive, a GPS receiver, and environmental sensors such as an accelerometer or temperature sensor.

It is not known if Apple will actually create a smart dock for its products, but the existence of a device as detailed in the patent would be of a new effort for the company. Currently, Apple sells docks for the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, but both of them act merely as charging cradles for the devices. Other accessories such as the iHome family of clock-radios and speaker systems offer a bit more functionality, but very little in the context of deep interaction with a device.

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Old Dec 5, 2013, 08:48 AM   #2
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Smart dock = car?
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Old Dec 5, 2013, 08:49 AM   #3
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Smart dock = car?
I was thinking the same thing... Aftermarket Siri-capable radios.
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Old Dec 5, 2013, 08:51 AM   #5
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wonder if this could be used for a Smart Home set up..

"Siri, lock the door"

"Siri, turn on the lights"
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Old Dec 5, 2013, 08:51 AM   #6
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I welcome a dock, that simply doest not sit dormant and charge my iphone.

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housing with a touch screen, integrated microphone, speakers and tactile buttons, along with a connector, wireless radio, and internal processo
sounds like a mini portable mega-dock, very nice - wonder how much it may cost!
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"Let the music play, Siri."
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"Let the music play, Siri."
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This is for cars.
yup, I guess it is. not that interesting like iOS in the car, unless I got a new car.
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Old Dec 5, 2013, 09:26 AM   #12
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I too believe this is the REAL iOS in the Car.
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This is for cars.
I can already do most of this in my Honda via Bluetooth and Siri. I think the halcyon days of smartphone docks are a thing of the past.
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This is for cars.
Could also be the next AppleTV .
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Perhaps an updated version of the old hi fi?

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I guess I was thinking this was like an iHome dock/clock...

BUT with the android-style "
wake up" features added to it. rather than have the phone ready and willing and "listening" at ALL times, it'll just be when connected to the dock.
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Perhaps an updated version of the old hi fi?

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The "generic" use case is interesting here - using an iPhone/iPod Touch as a mobile voice-control module. Plug it into any compatible device and you can control it via voice-commands (and/or the iOS touch screen).
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Could also be the next AppleTV .
The next apple tv should not require your iphone to operate. Just add a mic port and siri.
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…..Also described are potential add-ons to the dock, including removable storage media such as an external hard drive, a GPS receiver, and environmental sensors such as an accelerometer or temperature sensor…..

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In spite of the above, this could also be tv related.
Or for a sweepingly broad home automation/home entertainment type of device with dockable remote pods.
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I welcome a dock, that simply doest not sit dormant and charge my iphone.
How sharper than a serpent's tooth
it is to have a dormant dock.
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If Apple create iOS in the car head units I will certainly get one. Probably cost £200 but worth it.
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Watch for this technology being used to wirelessly connect small electronic devices to larger, more robust devices to greatly enhance their use. This should be interesting.
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The next apple tv should not require your iphone to operate. Just add a mic port and siri.
Why do you assume an iPhone would be required? The description makes it sound optional. Having an AppleTV with a dock through which you could play various media and stream to your stereo speakers or TV directly from your iPhone would actually be pretty cool, providing it's not overly expensive.
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