(12) United States Patent
(io) Patent No.: (45) Date of Patent:
US 7,376,645 B2 May 20, 2008
The present invention provides a wireless natural language query system, architecture, and method for processing multimodally-originated queries, including voice and proximity-based queries. The natural language query system includes a Web-enabled device including a speech input module for receiving a voice-based query in natural language form from a user and a location/proximity module for receiving location/proximity information from a location/ proximity device. The natural language query system also includes a speech conversion module for converting the voice-based query in natural language form to text in natural language form and a natural language processing module for converting the text in natural language form to text in searchable form. The natural language query system further includes a semantic engine module for converting the text in searchable form to a formal database query and a databaselook-up module for using the formal database query to obtain a result related to the voice-based query in natural language form from a database.
30 Claims, 3 Drawing Sheets