Microsoft has filed for a patent for technology that detects and mutes out swearing. This could have some great applications, two of which come to mind immediately:
- Xbox Live users could choose to turn it on to get rid of some of the annoying banter from 12-year olds.
- Media Center users could get an uncensored audio feed to supplement live programming, with the swearing filter kicking in when kids are watching. This way, TV shows wouldn’t have to censor what people say, they could leave it up to the televisions, so long as those TVs have the technology.
Microsoft has a lot of interesting patents. Will we ever see them used?