Tell me if this sounds familiar. You're arguing with a friend over text message or a voice call and then one of you busts out a Google search to put an end to the disagreement once and for all. It has happened to all of us, and Google knows it. That's why the company filed a patent on technology that could bring an end to those confrontations even quicker by letting you search for the right answer from within your conversation.
In a patent awarded May 12, Google outlined a system for getting search results without having to leave a voice, instant message or text message conversation. The patent calls for a piece of software that could be incorporated into a messaging program that would allow users to query Google’s search engine in the same way as responding to the person they’re talking to.
The patent explains that two people could use the term "FindEZ" within the conversation to prompt a Google search. So, you and friend might be arguing about who the 23rd president was and all you'd have to do is text "FindEZ" to find out for sure. The software would respond "Benjamin Harrison" right within your conversation so both of you could see the answer.
This new technology isn't just for bickering friends, though. It could also help you plan your next vacation. Users could potentially use the software solution to start Google searches for flight times, hotel prices and more from within their conversations.
The patent suggests that two people could be talking about booking a vacation to Europe over a VoIP call, and one person asks the system to show the current Euro-Dollar exchange rate. The person says “Superfinder,” which triggers the system to listen for her query, which it then finds the answer to and says to the conversation.
The technology outlined in this patent sounds really cool and would definitely make life easier, but it also brings up some privacy issues. It's another example of the way Google is becoming more and more present in our everyday lives.
Whether you think this is a good idea or not, you won't have to worry about it anytime soon. This is just a patent right now, so there's no guarantee that Google will develop it further in the future.