A new patent by Apple suggests that Siri may be headed for the home. The filing, titled “Smart dock for activating a voice recognition mode of a portable electronic device,” details an advanced base station that would host a device like the iPhone or iPad, and could automatically activate the voice recognition features of said device without any physical interaction.

The patent describes existing electronic voice recognition capabilities as requiring “an initial activation step requiring the user to interact with the finger controls and/or GUI of their device before voice commands can be processed.” The invention in the patent would accomplish this in a different manner, such as constantly listening for a specific word or phrase. The dock itself could feature physical controls or a touchscreen, but it would remain rather “dumb” until being coupled with a phone or other gadget.

Translating the patent-speak into normal English, the dock could activate Siri, who would then provide information, send a text message, or add an item to your calendar while you remain on the couch. The dock itself also includes speakers of its own, so music playback would likely be a big deal as well.

As always, these patents could never yield any actual retail product, so don’t go adding the Apple iDock to your wish list any time soon.

[via AppleInsider]

Apple patents “smart dock” that auto-activates for voice recognition originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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