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"Mobile Apparatus and Method of Voice Communication" in Patent Application Approval Process

July 22, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- A patent application by the inventor Zhang, Guo-Feng (Shanghai, CN), filed on June 21, 2013, was made available online on July 10, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application has not been assigned to a company or institution.

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The invention relates to a voice control technique. Particularly, the invention relates to a mobile apparatus and a method of voice communication.

"With the development of technology, mobile apparatus having a voice system have been commonly used. The voice system is able to let users to communicate with the mobile apparatus through speech understanding technique. For example, the user may only need to speak out some requests, such as looking up the rail time, the weather or dialling a phone number, etc, and the voice system may take action according to voice from the user, which may be actions performed by answering the questions asked by the user through voice or driving the system of the mobile apparatus to turn on functions according to the instructions of the user.

"However, in the processing of developing the voice system, some imperative problems to be resolved are encountered, such as the information security of the combination of the voice system and a cloud server, the convenience of turning on the voice system, etc.

"As far as the information security of the combination of the voice system and the cloud server is concerned, currently, the complicated speech processing process requiring powerful computing capability is executed by the cloud server based on the concept of combining the voice system and the cloud server, by which the cost of the configuration for the hardware in the mobile apparatus can be heavily reduced. However, for such actions as requiring communicating through an address book, or sending a message, since it is necessary to upload the address book to the cloud server so as to search the communication or message receiving targets, the confidentiality of the address book is an important issue. Although it is likely to apply encrypted connections as well as instant and unreserved uploading method, it is still not easy for the user to eliminate the concerns over the aforementioned methods.

"On the other hand, as far as the convenience of turning on the voice system is concerned, currently, the voice system is turned on mostly through touching of the application shown on the screen of the mobile apparatus or through touching of the physical buttons configured in the mobile apparatus. The aforementioned designs are both configured in the mobile apparatus itself, which is considerably not convenient. For example, when the mobile apparatus is placed in a pocket or in a bag whiling driving a car, or when the mobile apparatus placed in the living room whiling cooking in the kitchen and needing to ask about the details in the recipe by phone, or the like, the user is not able to touch the mobile apparatus instantly in the situation of requiring the voice system to be opened.

"In addition, the sound amplifying feature in the mobile apparatus also has similar problems. Currently, the user turn on the sound amplifying feature by touching the screen through fingers, or by holding the cell phone closely to the ear through one hand. However, when being unavailable to touch the mobile apparatus instantly but requiring using the sound amplifying feature, it is not convenient for the user to use the current design.

"Accordingly, how to improve the above disadvantages is one of the most imperative issues to be resolved."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "The invention is directed to a mobile apparatus and a method of voice communication, by which a voice service is provided much more quickly.

"The invention also provides a mobile apparatus, adapted to communicate with a cloud server. The mobile apparatus includes a voice system, a communication module, and a processing unit. The processing unit is coupled to the communication module and the voice system. The communication module transmits the first voice signal to the cloud server. The cloud server parses the first voice signal to obtain a communication target and a communication instruction. The processing unit receives the communication target and searches an address book in the mobile apparatus according to the communication target for obtaining a selection list conforming with the communication target. When the voice system receives the second voice signal, the second voice signal and the selection list are transmitted to the cloud server simultaneously by the communication module for generating a selection target, and the processing unit receives and executes the communication instruction and the selection target.

"The invention also provides a method of voice communication, adapted to a mobile apparatus. In the method, a first voice signal is received, and the first voice signal is transmitted to a cloud server. Next, a communication target obtained by parsing the first voice signal is received from the cloud server. Then, an address book in the mobile apparatus is searched according to the communication target for obtaining a selection list conforming with the communication target. Further, a second voice signal is received, and the second voice signal and the selection list are transmitted to the cloud server simultaneously. Finally, a communication instruction and a selection target are received from the cloud server and executed.

"In view of the foregoing, by transmitting the selection list and the corresponding selection to the cloud server simultaneously, the quality of voice service is improved.

"In order to make the aforementioned and other features and advantages of the invention comprehensible, several exemplary embodiments accompanied with figures are described in detail below.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"The accompanying drawings are included to provide a further understanding of the invention, and are incorporated in and constitute a part of this specification. The drawings illustrate embodiments of the invention and, together with the description, serve to explain the principles of the invention.

"FIG. 1 is a schematic diagram of a voice operation system according to an embodiment of the invention.

"FIG. 2 is a schematic diagram of a voice operation system according to another embodiment of the invention.

"FIG. 3 is a flowchart illustrating a voice operation method according to an embodiment of the invention.

"FIG. 4 is a schematic diagram of a voice interaction system according to an embodiment of the invention.

"FIG. 5 is a diagram illustrating a voice communication workflow applied to a voice interaction system.

"FIG. 6 is a schematic diagram of a mobile apparatus according to an embodiment of the invention.

"FIG. 7 is a flowchart illustrating a method for automatically opening a sound amplifying feature for communication of a mobile apparatus."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: Zhang, Guo-Feng. Mobile Apparatus and Method of Voice Communication. Filed June 21, 2013 and posted July 10, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=2711&p=55&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140703.PD.&OS=PD/20140703&RS=PD/20140703

Keywords for this news article include: Patents, Information Technology, Information and Data Security.

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