Google TV Patent Shows Voice Control is on the Way

Posted Thu Feb 23, 2012 at 09:00 AM PST by Dick Ward

You can also control your set when you're away from home, getting the TV ready for you when you walk in the door.

The Google TV platform is constantly improving thanks to both Google and 3rd party developers. The latest innovation comes directly from Google and will prove to be really interesting if it works out. According to a patent filed with the Patent and Trademark Office, Google will be working on voice control for Google TV devices.

You won't need a new TV or a webcam to make it happen - voice control will happen through your Android phone. No word yet on whether other devices will work or not. The app will use your GPS data, time and date to get you the most accurate information and predict what you're looking for. If you ask what time football starts, your device will show you results for your local team.

Finally, the app will allow you to control your Google TV from up to a quarter of a mile away. This allows you to get your favorite show ready to go before you get home, or as PC World's John P. Mello Jr. puts it, "for setting a romantic mood when you arrive home with a special friend" (or a special sandwich).

Source: PC World

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