http://www.pcworld.com/article/250322/patent_reveals_google_tv_with_sirilike_voice_recognition.html (click for full article) "A patent filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office last fall shows that Google is creating a Siri-like voice interface for controlling television via Android phones. According to Patently Apple, the patent describes a cloud-based system for issuing voice commands to an Android phone, which will then control a set-top box, smart TV, DVR, or other device. Similar to Apple's still-in-beta speech recognition technology, Siri, voice commands made to the Android phone will be shipped to the cloud for interpretation and context. For example, if you ask "What time is the ball game tonight?" the phone might use your question, as well as the date, time, and your GPS location, to display (on your TV) when a game played by your local pro sports franchise will be aired. The patent will also let users issue commands from up to a quarter of a mile away from their homes, so that when they arrive at their doorways their phones will automatically turn their TVs on and tune into a program they want to watch. This works for music, too--useful for setting a romantic mood when you arrive home with a special friend. The system is also smart enough to jump to a program you've made a query about if the show is already in progress; schedule a reminder to watch it if it isn't on yet; or record it if you're not at home when the show is aired."