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The following patent was issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office on September 26, 2006.

Voice Communication Concerning a Local Entity

patent#: US 7113911

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filed under For the Garden, Computers
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posted on 10/16/2008, patent issued on 9/26/2006

This has to be one of the strangest patent illustrations I've ever seen. Is this the future of telephone help lines? "I am a plant. How can I help you?"

The patent explains:

The voice services thus acts as a voice dialog proxy for the plant and gives the impression to the person... that they are conversing with the plant.
And what a stimulating conversation that will be! "How are the seedlings doing? Your leaves are looking lovely—photosynthesis sure has been kind!"

If you've ever wanted "voice interaction with a local dumb device" might I suggest going to your local pub?

Voice Communication Concerning a Local Entity

Comments on Voice Communication Concerning a Local Entity

Harry | Dec 3, 2008 1:02 PM
This will be used to reduce the customer support costs for many companies.

Tina | Oct 31, 2007 10:01 PM
Talking to plants requires a communication infrastructure? That sounds too complicated, maybe I'll just take your suggestion about the pub. Glad to see updates, this sight is fun.

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