Is Siri coming to your living room?

Yesterday, Apple Insider published an interesting story about Apple’s application for a “smart dock” which would listen in on your daily activities, and allow a docked device to use Siri to accomplish various tasks.apple_smart_dock_patent

On the one hand, it sounds a little bit creepy (Apple already knows way too much about me without Siri constantly listening in), but on the other hand, there are lots of great use-cases. Activating music playback comes to mind, as well as being able to read and answer messages and emails via voice while doing the dishes, for example.

It’s an interesting idea that could have a wide range of applications. As published in the patent application, the device seems to be essentially a smarter speaker dock, but I for one would love to see an option for a speakerless version that could be integrated into an existing home stereo setup.

If you’re interested in peeking behind the curtain at other ideas that Apple is chewing on, check out Patently Apple.

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