New (future) rule: wake smartphone with voice while it’s in sleep mode.
That’s what Nuance, the company behind Siri, wants to pull off in the next year or two. Vlad Sejnoha, Nuance’s chief technical officer, believes that “within a year or two you’ll be able to talk to your smartphone even as it lies idle on a desk”. This in itself would be groundbreaking, as the advantage would be not having to actually touch your device to give it commands. The issue that remains is a glaring one, however: battery life. It can’t be helped that a feature like that would suck the juice out of a battery in just a few hours.
But Nuance would also have to take in account that the phone doesn’t react to every single thing you say, to avoid waking it every minute. It’s complicated indeed, but it is possible.
Via: Technology Review