New patents suggest that Apple (News - Alert) might be in the midst of creating a brand new of Bluetooth device that would not only be an MP3 player, but would be integrated to work with the iPhone (News - Alert) 4 Siri application.
Siri (Speech Interpretation and Recognition Interface) has changed the way people use the iPhone. Siri, an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator, works only with the Apple iOS software. The application uses natural language to answer questions, research information, add items to your calendar, read text messages, write emails, and perform actions by delegating personal requests.
Apple elaborates on what Siri can do for you on a daily basis. “Your wish is its command. Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls and more. Ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back. Sirir is so easy to use and does so much, you’ll keep finding more and more ways to use it,” said Apple.
Apple has since posted videos of how to use it, while providing pictures and a full “frequently asked questions” section on its website. It was only a matter of time before documents leaked showing that Apple is working on enhancing the feature with a new accessory. If the latest patents are correct, it looks like Apple is planning to create and distribute a brand new standalone MP3 player in the form of a Bluetooth enabled device, with the ability to connect to Siri.
The new device would allow for users to be able to connect to their device wirelessly and ask Siri to do things for them while remaining hands free. Now, users can really be “on the go” as Apple puts it with Siri. According to the United States Patent Office, the wireless headset “allows it to be used during times that the external device with which it is wirelessly coupled is not being used…the media player may be an audio player.”
The abstract of the patent also states, “Voicemail messages received on the user’s telephone could be uploaded into the headset for later off-line playback. Media files recorded by the headset also could be downloaded to the external device.”
Although Apple has not made an official announcement regarding the new possibility of a Bluetooth device working with Siri, rumors have begun floating around on the Internet that the release of this Bluetooth device would make sense this fall as a new iPhone is likely to be released. Regardless, it would be nice to see a Bluetooth headset compatible with Siri on the market.
Edited by Jennifer Russell