Apple’s voice activated virtual assistant Siri, is now on a number of Apple devices, which include the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and the new iPad, and now Apple has filed a patent with the USPTO for an ‘intelligent Automated Assistant’, that would be Siri then.
You can see a small extract from the patent filing below, and the patent was originally filed back on the 9th of June of this year, although it has only been revealed today.
The intelligent automated assistant system engages with the user in an integrated, conversational manner using natural language dialog, and invokes external services when appropriate to obtain information or perform various actions. The system can be implemented using any of a number of different platforms, such as the web, email, smartphone, and the like, or any combination thereof. In one embodiment, the system is based on sets of interrelated domains and tasks, and employs additional functionally powered by external services with which the system can interact.
It will be interesting to see if Apple is granted the patent, as another of other companies are also developing similar offerings.
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