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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Methods and Systems for Sharing of Adapted Voice Profiles", for Approval

September 11, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventors Fructuoso, Javier Gonzalvo (London, GB); Schalkwyk, Johan (Scarsdale, NY), filed on April 29, 2013, was made available online on August 28, 2014.

The patent's assignee is Google Inc.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Computing systems such as personal computers, laptop computers, tablet computers, cellular phones, among many other types of computing systems, are increasingly prevalent in numerous aspects of modern life. As computers become progressively more integrated with users' everyday life, the convenience, efficiency, and intuitiveness of the user-interfaces by which users interact with computing devices becomes progressively more important.

"'Cloud computing,' in particular, refers to provision of computational resources via a computer network. In a traditional model of computing, both data and software are fully contained on a user's computer. In cloud computing, however, the user's computer may contain relatively little software or data (perhaps a minimal operating system and web browser, for example), and may serve as a display terminal for processes occurring on a network of computers. A common shorthand provided for a cloud computing service (or even an aggregation of existing cloud services) is 'the cloud'.

"Cloud computing has been referred to as 'client-server computing', however, there may be distinctions between general cloud computing and client-server computing. For example, client-server computing may include a distributed application structure that partitions tasks or workloads between providers of a resource or service (e.g., servers), and service requesters (e.g., clients). Client-server computing generally involves a one-to-one relationship between the server and the client, whereas cloud computing includes generic services that can be accessed by generic clients (e.g., a one-to-one relationship or connection may not be required). Thus, cloud computing generally includes client-server computing, and additional services and functionality.

"Cloud computing may free users from certain hardware and software installation and maintenance tasks through use of simpler hardware on the user's computer that accesses a vast network of computing resources (e.g., processors, hard drives, etc.). Sharing of resources may reduce cost to individuals. Thus, any computer connected to the cloud may be connected to the same pool of computing power, applications, and files. Users can store and access personal files such as music, pictures, videos, and bookmarks or play games or use productivity applications on a remote server rather than physically carrying around a storage medium, such as a DVD or USB flash drive.

"Moreover, cloud computing may also enable users to share personal files with other users that have their computing device(s) connected to the cloud as well. As an example, one user may initially have sole access to a particular file or group of files. The user may authorize (e.g., via file system permissions) another user, or group of users, to have the same (or limited) access to the particular file or group of files. The other user(s) may then view, edit, and/or share the particular file or group of files depending on the permissions given to them by the original user."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "In one aspect, a method is described. The method may comprise receiving, at a computing system, one or more speech samples, and the one or more speech samples include a plurality of spoken utterances. The method may further comprise determining, at the computing system, a voice profile associated with a speaker of the plurality of spoken utterances, and the voice profile includes an adapted voice of the speaker based on a personalization of a speech model to the one or more speech samples. Still further, the method may comprise receiving, at the computing system, an authorization profile associated with the determined voice profile, and the authorization profile includes one or more user identifiers associated with one or more respective users. Yet still further, the method may comprise, based at least in part on the authorization profile, the computing system providing the voice profile to at least one computing device associated with the one or more respective users.

"In another aspect, a non-transitory computer readable storage medium having stored therein instructions executable by a computing system to cause the computing system to perform functions is described. The functions may comprise receiving one or more speech samples that include a plurality of spoken utterances. The functions may further comprise determining a voice profile associated with a speaker of the plurality of spoken utterances, and the voice profile includes an adapted voice of the speaker based on a personalization of a speech model to the one or more speech samples. Still further, the functions may comprise receiving an authorization profile associated with the determined voice profile, and the authorization profile includes one or more user identifiers associated with one or more respective users. Yet still further, the functions may comprise, based at least in part on the authorization profile, providing the voice profile to at least one computing device associated with the one or more respective users.

"In yet another aspect, a system is described. The system may comprise at least one processor. The system may also comprise data storage comprising instructions executable by the at least one processor to cause the system to perform functions. The functions may comprise receiving one or more speech samples, and the one or more speech samples include a plurality of spoken utterances. The functions may further comprise determining a voice profile associated with a speaker of the plurality of spoken utterances, and the voice profile includes an adapted voice of the speaker based on a personalization of a speech model to the one or more speech samples. Still further, the functions may comprise receiving an authorization profile associated with the determined voice profile, and the authorization profile includes one or more user identifiers associated with one or more respective users. Yet still further, the functions may comprise, based at least in part on the authorization profile, providing the voice profile to at least one computing device associated with the one or more respective users.

"In still another aspect, a system may be provided that includes a means for receiving one or more speech samples, and the one or more speech samples include a plurality of spoken utterances. The system may further comprise a means for determining a voice profile associated with a speaker of the plurality of spoken utterances, and the voice profile includes an adapted voice of the speaker based on a personalization of a speech model to the one or more speech samples. Still further, the system may comprise a means for receiving an authorization profile associated with the determined voice profile, and the authorization profile includes one or more user identifiers associated with one or more respective users. Yet still further, the system may comprise, based at least in part on the authorization profile, a means for providing the voice profile to at least one computing device associated with the one or more respective users.

"These as well as other aspects, advantages, and alternatives, will become apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art by reading the following detailed description, with reference where appropriate to the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 illustrates an example system for cloud-based computing in which an example method may be implemented.

"FIG. 2 illustrates a schematic drawing of an example computing device.

"FIG. 3 illustrates a schematic drawing of an example client device.

"FIG. 4 depicts a flow chart of an example method.

"FIG. 5 illustrates an example system in accordance with an example method.

"FIGS. 6A-6B illustrate an example client device configured to perform functions in accordance with an example method."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Fructuoso, Javier Gonzalvo; Schalkwyk, Johan. Methods and Systems for Sharing of Adapted Voice Profiles. Filed April 29, 2013 and posted August 28, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=1097&p=22&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140821.PD.&OS=PD/20140821&RS=PD/20140821

Keywords for this news article include: Google Inc., Software.

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