Four new Samsung patent applications reveal that they intent to bring voice controls in addition to motion/gestures and video calling to future televisions. Samsung states that a particular user voice command such as "Hi, TV" may be enough to provide a voice start command. The user will be able to change the start command in the TV's settings to whatever commend they wish.
In addition, you'll simply be able to use voice controls to adjust the audio of your TV, mute it and more. According to Samsung, the speech signal is transmitted to the signal processor through the microphones built-into the camera that either sits on top of a future TV or is integrated right into the bezel of the TV as example patent figures illustrate below.
One of Samsung's patents also talks about how their system will use gesture and face recognition algorithms as part of their video calling system.
Samsung's patents covering these new features can be found under the following patent application numbers: 20130169740, 20130169734 and 20130169528, 20130173270. All of the patents were originally filed in Q4 2012 in the US and one year earlier in Korea.
Samsung is a little behind the Curve on TV Patent Features
On paper, Microsoft has beaten Samsung to the point with an April 2012 patent filing. Our report titled "Microsoft Invents Body Tracking System for Video Conferencing" covered that filing in detail. Micrsoft also filed for a gesturing patent created for TV in 2012. Our report covering that patent application was titled "Microsoft Envisions Air Gesturing Controlling Your TV & More.
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