According to multiple reports, Apple’s Siri feature – the automated iPhone personal assistant – may be in for an overhaul.
CNET says that a patent filed at the US Patent and Trademark Office could hint at a new Siri feature that would include sensors:
“The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Tuesday published patent 8,677,377, ‘Method and apparatus for building an intelligent automated assistant,’ which describes what is essentially a higher-end Siri that can provide automated assistance to people in a wide array of circumstances.”
Patently Apple says the tech relies on software and a combination of sensors to identify where people are, and uses the information it gathers to track their habits and tendencies.
Laura Gaze, Director, IP Solutions: The future of scannable tech is based in this RFID-type of technology. Disney recently invested over a billion dollars into installing this at their theme parks, MLB will test Apple iBeacon at Citi Field in Flushing, New York this summer, and now it appears that Apple will look to continue to push this intuitive tech in the form of an enhances Siri. Of course, this has all kinds of interesting commercial applications, especially as companies look to learn more about their consumers, so this development bears significant interest.