Patent Hints at a Whispering Siri


Apple has expanded the way to interact with Siri since its inception, and now word is there might be another way coming down the pipe.

According to a report from Gizmodo, Siri users might be able to whisper to the digital personal assistant and have Siri whisper back. Apple filed the patent back in 2016, according to the report, and it was made public today. As far as specific go, Apple’s idea encompasses “a digital assistant that is capable of detecting a whispered speech input and providing a whispered speech response.”

Siri may “respond in a regular or loud voice, which may be undesired under certain circumstances where a whispered response is more appropriate.” As far as when Apple believes this would be helpful, they point to the library, or in an office building. In those cases one might not want to speak to Siri in as loud a voice, so whispering to the digital personal assistant might be preferable. And if you don’t have headphones, getting a whispered response would be pretty nice.

This is an Apple patent, so there is no telling if this is an idea that Apple is currently moving forward with, or if it is just something they toyed with at some point and gave up on, waiting for technology to improve or what have you. As it stands right now, it does seem like an interesting way to speak to Siri, especially with students and other folks who might not want the digital personal assistant blurting out answers for everyone else to hear.

[via Gizmodo]

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