It would seem that Google has some big plans for its Google TV system, including making sure you can talk to it for some commands.
According to Patently Apple, a mere six days before Apple announced the iPhone 4S and Siri, Google was busy filing for a patent for voice controls to be used with Google TV. The system would use an Android phone or a remote for you to speak to, and then the Google TV-enabled device – whether dedicated or through a third-party piece of hardware like a Blu-ray player – would then act on the commands. As you can see in the illustration in this post, you could easily find out when the next episode of a program was on that you wanted to watch.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the patent includes a proximity system the would involve GPS and when you were within a certain distance of your home, you could tell the app to go ahead and turn on your TV for you. We’re truly in the future folks.
Of course, one of the biggest question marks this begs is what could potentially happen with all of the rumors around Apple’s supposed TV set. A lot of sources have claimed that it will involve Siri-like controls and that immediately makes you wonder if that would possibly bump against this patent filing. Of course this is all speculative at best at the moment when it comes to the Apple TV, and the Google patent is very much real.
Filing for a patent doesn’t guarantee that a feature will come to fruition, but it’s still interesting to see what concepts Google is playing around with.
[via Patently Apple]