Google has recently acquired a portfolio of American patents and patent applications from the SR Tech Group. The SR Tech Group is a small privately held company which develops emerging technology and related intellectual property in the areas of computer software, internet, speech recognition, search and optical computing.
Google didn’t comment on the reasons for the purchase. However, the fact that Google has invested in these speech recognition patents has led to some speculators to claim that they are working on enhancing their voice-enabled search via a new speech translator, while others have come to believe that the patents have something to do with the Google Glass project.
Voice activation is already a fundamental aspect of Google Glass and speech activated search is also in the works; having been introduced for desktop and laptop use, via Chrome, at the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco in May 2012. The search engine’s ‘Conversational Search’ feature is also already used on mobile devices and sources information from the Google Knowledge Graph based upon a spoken word query.
So is Google now extending the voice activation capabilities to Google Translate?
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