Microsoft announced a major update to voice search for Windows Phone today that promises to make your handset twice as fast and 15 percent more accurate when analyzing voice commands. The update is currently only available in the United States.
Microsoft released the new video above to announce the updates, in which Michael Tjalve from Microsoft Research and Bing director of search Stefan Weitz test out the improved feature. You can also try it for yourself on any Windows Phone by simply tapping the microphone icon and asking a question.
The new improvements come from Geoffrey Hinton’s research into deep neural networks (DNN), TechCrunch reports. Although the video doesn’t go into much detail about the DNN research behind the new update, and Microsoft jokes that “you pretty much need a PhD to understand the details of this stuff,” the basic premise involves using the human brains skills at pattern recognition as the inspiration for new software.
In the future, Microsoft predicts the technology could be used for a number of different applications, including instantaneous voice-to-voice translation.