What Could “Big Brother” Listening do for Healthcare?

Mike Gillam, 8 April 2015

Until recently, voice recognition was a function we manually invoked. A stream of new hardware is entering the market that listens for voice commands continuously.

Google’s Moto X phone has a specifically engineered low-power microchip that processes voice allowing voice commands to be given anytime. Amazon recently released the Echo – a cylindrical speaker and microphone combination that listens continuously to ambient audio. Apple’s latest operating system supports “always on” Siri while the phone is connected to power.

The functionality of these audio systems is typically limited: pulling weather information, playing music, setting alarms, or asking questions with short answers.

What new functions could lie ahead?  More

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