Google patents voice to search technology

Google patents voice to search technology


Google is furthering its plans to takeover the world. This time they are giving you new ways to search. The company has received a patent for a technology that converts voice to search. It takes the spoken word, recognizes it and creates a boolean search query. In the words of the patent:

“The system receives a voice search query from a user, derives one or more recognition hypotheses, each being associated with a weight, from the voice search query, and constructs a weighted boolean query using the recognition hypotheses. The system then provides the weighted boolean query to a search system and provides the results of the search system to a user.”

For the moment this is only a desktop application, but it seems obvious that it will son find its way to a mobile platform. It clearly makes the most sense in a format like phones where typing isn’t as easy as it could be.

The technology clearly is unique or it wouldn’t be patented, but there are other players in the same field. VoiceSignal is a leader in converting voice to text, while V-Enable and Promtu are working on voice search for mobile applications. Google would be the first major search engine working in the field, though.