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Microsoft has patented yet another interesting device and unlike other patents, this one was filed earlier this year. Microsoft’s latest patent is about intelligent devices and in some examples, Microsoft has shown off a smart speaker and a user interacting with the device.

First discovered by us, the patent titled “INTELLIGENT DEVICE USER INTERACTIONS” was published by USPTO on 13th September 2018 and it was filed by Microsoft on 15th May 2018.

Microsoft smart speaker interaction

“Intelligent assistant devices, such as voice command devices or “smart speakers” and their virtual assistants, typically passively receive verbal queries and commands from users. In many cases these devices are activated by speaking a keyword followed by a query or request. To ensure that a user’s requests and intentions are fully captured, the device typically waits for a period of time after the keyword is received and recognized to receive user input. The device then transmits the user input to a remote service for translation and interpretation. Using the results received from the remote service, the device then responds to the user input. All of the foregoing steps can introduce delays and create barriers to easily conversing with the device,” Microsoft writes in the background section of the patent.

Microsoft smart speaker

The smart speaker is one of the devices explained as an example in the patent application.

The patented method is explained below:

“Intelligent assistant devices and methods for interacting with a user are disclosed. In some examples, a method for interacting with a user comprises predicting suggested action(s) for the user and displaying the action(s) via a display of the device. While the suggested action(s) are displayed, audio input comprising a command followed by a keyword is received from the user. The audio input is processed locally on the intelligent assistance device to (1) determine that the keyword follows the command and (2) recognize that the command applies to the suggested action(s). Based on determining that the keyword follows the command and recognizing that the command applies to the suggested action(s), a user selection of the suggested action(s) is established. Based on establishing the user selection, the one or more suggested actions are executed”.