Though it’s fun to play Stupid Siri Tricks on the iPhone (we had loads of laughs asking it about the movie “Her”), there’s one bit problem with it: Siri needs a network connection. It calls home to process your questions. No connectivity, no Siri. Intel’s Project Edison wearable platform apparently has no such limitation.
Quartz, the excellent news site from The Atlantic, reports that Intel’s mobile processors are powerful enough to do voice recognition on the chip itself, vastly speeding response time. Mike Bell, Intel’s head of wearables, says the company has a prototype wireless headset (codenamed Jarvis) that does voice processing locally — and quickly. No cloud required.
For what it’s worth, Google says it has prototype offline voice processing too, although it’s admittedly less accurate than when it sends your voice to the cloud.