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General Purpose Add-On Voice Activation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237763D
Publication Date: 2014-Jul-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 20K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method or device to add voice command capability to a device not designed to respond to voice commands, comprising a user-defined command table that allows the mapping of text strings to device interactions and an application running on a portable device that houses a voice recognition capabilities.

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General Purpose Add-On Voice Activation

Many devices exist which respond to spoken voice commands; however, many devices do not include voice activation as a feature. Many devices that do not include voice activation capability do nonetheless allow some form of remote interaction. For example, televisions, cable set-top boxes, and Digital Disk Video (DVD) players allow interaction via an IR remote control. Home alarm systems and lamp controllers may provide a command line interface to the functionality (to allow scripted interactions). In the business world, many enterprise management suites also provide command line interactions.

A method for adding voice command capability to a device that was not designed to include voice commands is needed.

This disclosure teaches a method for adding voice command capability to a device that was not designed for voice commands. It works by allowing users to define a set of voice commands that are translated into an interaction with a specific device. For example, a spoken command 'SELECT DVD INPUT' is looked up in a user-defined 'command table' and translated into a set of codes sent via an Infrared (IR) interface to the television.

A device (e.g., television, digital videodisk (DVD) player, audio system, home alarm system, remote desktop computer, etc.) that was not designed to provide voice command capability can have that capability added in the following manner:

A. User (e.g., device owner, administrator, etc.) defines a...