Google is working on a television remote control that would be activated by voice, allowing consumers to ask the TV to change the channel or seek out a specific program, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Technology blog.
Google revealed the plans in a September 2011 supplement to a May 2011 filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the story notes. One example cited in the filing describes a viewer asking his TV, using a remote or a smartphone, when "Seinfeld" is on; the listings for the show then appear on a TV or on the handheld device, the story says.
Google reportedly isn’t the only company seeking a voice-controlled TV service, with Apple rumored to be working on a TV product that would use its Siri technology to find TV shows, the piece adds. Microsoft has also been rumored to be creating TVs with its Kinect motion and voice technology built in, the story says.
"A race is underway to allow us to talk to our TVs and for our TVs to talk back," the article notes.