Shh! Siri May Soon Have a Whisper Mode

Joanna Estrada
December 15, 2017

Would you use it more then? The idea there is that you may be in a situation where you want a response, but you need to keep things quiet: maybe a child just fell asleep, it is the middle of the night, or someone is watching a movie.

While not entirely original or groundbreaking, a new feature possibly eyed for Siri integration in the near future could help the AI return to the spotlight, at least for a short time. The patent application says Siri may normally "respond in a regular or loud voice, which may be undesired under certain circumstances where a whispered response is more appropriate". Well, if an Apple patent comes to fruition, the digital personal assistant just might know when to lower its voice.

Apple filed a patent a year ago which was made public now, the patent states that Siri normally responds in a regular or loud voice, which could be undesired under certain circumstances where a whisper response more appropriate.

The problem - such as it isn't - right now is that if you ask Siri a confidential question, or something vaguely embarrassing, it'll answer your question at a volume audible to everyone around you. In any case, the patent suggests Siri would measure vocal amplitude and frequency patterns and if it detects whispering, whisper back. It details "a digital assistant that is capable of detecting a whispered speech input and providing a whispered speech response". As with any patent, there's no guarantee that an actual product based on the described technology will be produced.

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