'Siri for Mac' Virtual Assistant Described in New Apple Patent Application

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    Rumors suggesting Siri will make its way into OS X have been circulating for years, but the personal assistant has yet to debut on the Mac. A new patent application published by the U.S. patent and Trademark Office and spotted by AppleInsider revives these rumors with the description of an intelligent assistant for the desktop that provides features far beyond the current dictation available in OS X.

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    The patent application, which was filed in February of this year and based on a provisional application from a year earlier, describes a system that in one iteration can sit in the dock, waiting for touch input or voice commands to activate a personal assistant in a manner similar to Siri in iOS. The assistant would then perform tasks based on input by the user. The same system can function as a third hand, allowing users to interact physically with a mouse and keyboard while simultaneously performing a secondary task using their voice.
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    Though Apple is bringing some aspects of iOS to OS X such as Reminders, Apple has yet to integrate Siri into its desktop platform. The feature was not mentioned when Apple unveiled OS X Yosemite, and there is no known evidence in the current beta version of Yosemite that suggests Apple may integrate its personal assistant into future versions of the desktop OS. Still, it is clear Apple is thinking about ways to bring Siri-like features to OS X.

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    Obviously we all knew this was coming eventually. :rolleyes:

    I think that touch screen feature depicted in the first image is more interesting.
     
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    Sounds good to me.
     
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    About time I had somebody to boss around.
     
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    Nice! Now I can set timers as easy as on iPhone!
     
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    May Siri will seamlessly operate OSX and iOS using the Continuity.
     
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    Virtual assistants on your PC will be the next big thing. Imagine if your computer could accurately parse human speech to get you what you want. All of those tedious computer tasks would be a quick, spoken, sentence away.

    Siri, find the email from my boss sent last week that had a PDF attached and referenced 'third quarter.'

    or

    Okay Google. Show me all excel files opened within the past week that have been modified within the past two weeks.

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    Siri, take a screenshot of the current window and save it as a .png file on the desktop
     
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    The patten says touch screen? Are we talking Mac or iPad?

    If Mac, that will be a change in direction...

    VERY interesting....
     
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    Siri for Mac. Sounds very good.
     
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    Interesting discussion introduced in the patent application.

    I bet we will never see a patent filing for people/companies claiming to own global warming!
     
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    Geeze. Even that patent interface drawing looks better than Yosemite.
     
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    This will be in 10.11. Long overdue, but somewhat glad it is happening. Siri is great when it works, but sadly it's fail percentage is too high.
     
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    Samantha?
     
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    Great for home, but I doubt I'd use this much at work unless I close my door. Would be great if Siri worked locally on the Mac to process dictation. I'd also like to see that capability extend to the iPhone 6, especially with the rumored beefy A8 chip.
     
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    Give it a rest. :rolleyes:
     
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    Why don't we save some development energy and just make siri default to a google search, no matter what you say. Here's some pseudocode:

    - Get Human's statement
    - Print "Hmm... let me think about that..."
    - Sleep 5
    - Goto "google.com"
     
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    “Siri, unlock the doors, iSecurity seems to have an issue”

    “I’m afraid I can’t do that DT...”
     
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    I like how they still have to refer to a hard drive as a "C Disk:" so the non-apple-fan 60 year old patent examiner will understand what it is
     
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    Awesome! A feature in gurnateed NOT to use
     
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    They had to save SOMETHING for 10.11...
     
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    Aaaahhh, good old 3D dock...
     

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