Microsoft’s Patent Suggests Their First Smart Speaker Is In The Works
A recently filed patent suggests that Microsoft could be working on developing a smart speaker. This could be a surprise since Microsoft just transferred Cortana from consumer to enterprise use. Maybe the new device would help extend the Surface range of products and to create more audio-based devices.
The Smart Speaker System with Microphone Room Calibration patent describes a fairly standard smart speaker, with internet access, Bluetooth, and six microphones connecting to a built-in voice assistant to go with the audio playing hardware.
The drawings are similar to Amazon Echo or Google Nest smart speakers. The major difference is the inclusion of electronic eyes. These can apparently light up under command and scan the room. The device does not have a name yet nor is there any information whether it would store locally or on the cloud. Microsoft has never had its own smart speaker. While some companies have integrated Cortana into their devices, it is no longer the same since Microsoft stopped using its voice assistant for consumer usage.
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