Google Gets Patent for ‘Voice Interface for a Search Engine’

Google was granted a patent for a “voice interface for a search engine” on Tuesday.

Aw Come On! They’ve been doing that on Star Trek for years!

“A system provides search results from a voice search query. 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.

United States Patent #7,027,987
Franz, et al.
April 11, 2006
Voice interface for a search engine
United States Patent and Trademark Office

Ben Charny summed the news up nicely for PC Magazine.

Google Talks the Talk for Search
By Ben Charny
April 13, 2006

Google, Search Engines,