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Siri to whisper replies to answer whispered queries; suggests patent application

Siri is getting a new capability to whisper back if you ask her the question in the whispering tone to preserve users privacy.

Siri, the voice assistant that was launched for the first time on the Apple iPhone 4s is one of the best voice assistance that is available in the market. The Siri has reached a certain level of maturity, where, it fails to fail for the most of the part is expected to get better in the future.

We all use to the “quote” Hey Siri, to wake up and ask with our query or tell her to set up alarm or ask about the weather, movie playing near you or the number of hairs that Donald Trump has on his head. At the end of the day, you get answers to most of these questions, however, using Siri in public will make us feel awkward. So, Apple is working on a new protocol, where, Siri will reply by in the whispering tone if you ask the questions with the same tone.

Consider a general situation, where you are inside a theatre or a hospital and you don’t have to disturb others, then, this feature will help you a lot. This algorithm is based on voice analysis and decoding. The software has to recognise that, you are using your whispering voice and it should reply back in the same tone to protect the user’s privacy.

The idea looks interesting and this patent doesn’t confirm the fact that, this feature requires a dedicated hardware or this can be implemented on the older iPhones via software updates.

If we look at the patent, it explains that:

“They may respond in a regular or loud voice, which may be undesired under certain circumstances where a whispered response is more appropriate. Providing a digital assistant that is capable of detecting a whispered speech input and providing a whispered speech response is thus important.”

There is no information regarding the availability of this feature on the existing iPhones, iPads or Macs. However, we can expect to see this whispering sweet Siri in the future iPhone launches.