Patent published on August 1, 2023

Amazon's Cutting-Edge System Can Handle Multiple Wakewords Simultaneously

In the digital age, voice-powered technology is becoming increasingly popular. Smartphones, speakers, and other devices are now using voice commands to make everyday tasks easier. Amazon, the well-known e-commerce giant, is taking this technology a step further with its cutting-edge system that can handle multiple wakewords simultaneously.

Wakewords are the words people use to tell their device to listen to their commands. Most devices are programmed to recognize one wakeword, such as "Alexa" or "Hey Google." However, Amazon's new system can recognize two different wakewords at the same time, allowing users to access different functions more quickly.

When the user speaks one of the two wakewords, the Amazon system would identify and send the audio data to the appropriate speech-processing system. This system is then able to interpret the user's command and respond accordingly.

What makes this technology so unique is that it allows users to access multiple functions or services at once. For example, if a user speaks both "Alexa" and "Hey Google," the Amazon system can send the data to both speech-processing systems. This makes it easier to access multiple services without having to say the wakewords one after the other.

The implications of this technology are quite extensive. It could be used to create a multi-functional device that can recognize multiple wakewords. This could be used in smart homes, allowing users to access different devices and services without having to say multiple wakewords. It could also be used in smart speakers and other devices to allow users to access multiple services in one go.

What's more, this technology could also be used to improve the accuracy of speech-processing systems. By recognizing two wakewords at the same time, the system can focus more on the user's command, which could lead to more accurate results. This could also help reduce the amount of time spent on speech processing and make it easier to access different services.

Amazon has filed a patent (patent number US11715472B2) for this innovative technology, which is still in its early stages. There is no guarantee that the patent will come to market, but Amazon’s cutting-edge technology could revolutionize how we interact with voice-powered devices and services.

Voice-powered technology has already changed how we access and control devices. Amazon's new system could take this to the next level, allowing us to access multiple services and functions simultaneously. The implications of this technology are far-reaching, and it could open up a world of possibilities for users. While the patent is still in its early stages, it's an exciting development that could make voice-powered technology even more efficient and useful.

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