Google Voice Recognition Search Patent

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Google Voice Recognition Search Patent

From ArsTechnica: Patent #7,027,987 issued today by the US Patent and Trademark Office covers a “Voice interface for a search engine,”…Translation: the system listens to your spoken query, does its magic, and returns the results.

Google has not publicly commented on this voice search effort, although the company’s Alexander Franz did co-author a an article on the topic back in 2002 (PDF). Nevertheless, it is clear that this service would be ideal for users of Google’s mobile search. In fact, voice recognition could possibly power Google’s mobile search right into competition with local 411 services.

With voice recognition, Google would control the mobile search space if Yahoo does not work fast to offer the same service. Voice recognition technology could later be extended to podcasting and audio search.

Tieing in all of Google’s search services with a mobile interface (cellphones) would allow users to tap into the power of search at all times. Combined with Google’s eventual entry into the personal data storing space (personal files, not just email/blogs), this technology could allow users to access all their data at anytime and anywhere with a simple voice command.

Michael Nguyen blogs regularly at Social Patterns and is a search engine optimization expert for SEO Inc, a full-service search engine optimization firm.

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  • hegallis

    This is probably an important sign of the contend-based search (beside pure text-centered) comes into the arena. However, I am still wondering at what degree the speech recognition is merged with the so-called voice search engine interface.

  • I thought your article was great Michael. thank you
    This looks like a solid area for development in mobile communication. With voccal’s announcement last summer about real-time voice translation, this bridges the divide of and could revolutionize the peoples communication with people from other countries.