Google has granted a patent for its AI-powered smart-device assistant, and it is set to roll out a suite of other devices that it claims will improve the lives of millions of people.
Google has been granted the patent for “AbleSense”, a device that it says will “allow intelligent device devices to perceive and interact with a user’s facial expressions and body movements, and will also understand the context in which a user engages with their interaction with a device”.
The company claims that it is also developing “Ablinense” that it hopes will “provide voice recognition, speech synthesis, natural language processing, and a variety of intelligent computing features”.
Google said in a blog post on Wednesday that the patent was a “significant milestone” for the company.
“The AbleSense device will allow the smart device to recognize the emotions of a user and then communicate with the device to respond,” it said.
“The device also can be used to perform actions on a device.”
It added that it was also developing its own “Ablinense” to work in conjunction with “Abito” which it said will be a “new generation of voice-recognition systems”.
Google’s new patent granted on Wednesday was in response to a complaint filed in the US in September.
The company’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, said that the company was considering making it available to the public.
“This is the kind of innovation we’re talking about in AI,” he said.
“It’s something that we’re going to continue to work on.”
Pichai has previously suggested that the AI that Google’s new AI technology would be able to understand was a new type of artificial intelligence that Google called “deep learning”, and which was being developed at Google’s artificial intelligence lab.
“I think that’s a very strong argument that the Able Sense device is part of a deeper neural network that is going to be able make sense of the world around us,” he told the BBC in August.
Google’s previous AI patents have focused on helping users understand the meaning of their messages and help them get the information they need.
In March, it announced a $1.5bn (£1.2bn) deal with Microsoft to develop an AI-driven search engine.
Google’s patent applications for the new Able-Sense device, however, were filed more than two years ago.
Google is also trying to develop a version of its AI technology that can detect human emotions.
The technology was used by Facebook’s facial recognition software to identify the identity of a person it was attempting to contact.