Apple granted speech recognition patent

“On December 12, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple’s newly granted patent for ‘Method and apparatus for speech recognition using semantic inference and word agglomeration.’ Apple’s patent relates generally to pattern recognition. More particularly, this invention relates to speech recognition systems that recognize commands using semantic inference and word agglomeration,” Neo reports for MacNN.

Full article here.


  1. I sure hope this means we’ll see some serious development in this area. The Mac’s speech recognition is fairly good, but very under-used. Dragon Naturally Speaking has the market’s attention, along with maybe a few select others, but Apple has tremendous potential for making Macs the most accessible machines on the planet, especially to those with physical difficulties.

    I also want to see Speech-to-Text implemented. That would rock!

  2. I’ve playing around with Safari and voice recognition. It’s pretty cool to say the site you want to go to and Safari just whisks you off to it. I would love to see more/better in Leopard.

  3. Reminds me of the Vista demonstration video.

    “Dear mom, comma…” (Dear aunt,)

    “Fix aunt…” (Dear aunt, let’s set)

    “Delete that…delete that…delete that…” (Dear aunt, let’s set so)

    “I think it’s picking up a little bit of echo here…Delete…Select All!”
    (Dear aunt, let’s set so double the killer delete select all)

    “Hnh hunh hnh hunh…” ~more laughter~

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