Want to have an ASMR whisper session with Apple’s virtual assistant Siri? Coming soon.

ASMR Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response UniversityA December 14, 2017 application from Apple to the US patent Office shows Apple’s interest  to patent, “a digital assistant that is capable of detecting a whispered speech input and providing a whispered speech response.”

Why would you want Siri to whisper to you?

One benefit could be to have a digital whisper bot in your pocket for ASMR sessions.  Siri would not be the first virtual ASMR artist though, Amazon’s Alexa can already whisper (see link at bottom).

I don’t think ASMR sessions are Apple’s intent.  Their proposed benefit is more about privacy and courtesy.

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Viewers of ASMR videos may someday be able to feel the touch of the ASMR artist

ASMR Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response2020 update: another report of a virtual-touch haptic device that could someday enhance ASMR videos (Summary; Research Article).

Initial 2017 post: Video ASMR artists can directly stimulate ASMR in viewers with gentle sounds, soft voices, and comforting visuals.

But they have been unable to directly stimulate the sensation of touch through a video.  And touch may be the strongest trigger of ASMR.

Could there be a way to feel the touch of someone who is in another room or even in another country?


Researchers at Simon Fraser University in Canada have designed gloves called Flex-N-Feel to be worn by individuals at separate locations.  When one person Flexes their fingers in the gloves, the other person Feels the touch via vibrotactile sensations on their skin.

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