Nuance gets jump on voice activated TV

Nuance gets jump on voice activated TV

Summary: Nuance's move is notable as chatter about Apple delivering a TV connected with its Siri software heats up.

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Nuance Communications, the leading voice recognition software company, is jumping into the TV market.

The company said Monday---at the International Consumer Electronics Show---that it will launch Dragon TV, a voice and natural language platform for TVs, devices and set-top boxes. The idea is that Nuance's software would be included into these devices. Nuance's move is notable as chatter about Apple delivering a TV connected with its Siri software heats up. Nuance appears to be going for broad partnership in multiple devices approach.

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Dragon TV, the name of Nuance's system, will be designed to allow voice to replace remotes and connect couch potatoes to content, Tweets and Facebook.

According to Nuance, Dragon TV will allow viewers to navigate listings, ask questions about content and timing and find genres to watch. Dragon TV aims to integrate social applications and communication tools, connect to listing and allow for messaging. Nuance's Far-Talk technology will be able to hone in on your voice.

On the business front, the TV market is another key vertical for Nuance to exploit. The company is dominant in the auto, mobile and healthcare markets.

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  • Voice control of TVs is just plain........

    STUPID!!! Just like a touch interface works for some applications and not for others, voice is fine for some, but not for others. And controlling a TV with voice is one of the applications of voice that makes zero sense. I will be very disappointed if the rumors that the new Apple TV whatever is voice controlled are true. I believe Apple has more good design sense than to do that!
    Userama
    • RE: Nuance gets jump on voice activated TV

      @Userama

      Agreed! I think it's more gimmicky than anything else. I certainly don't want to be yelling at my TV or set-top box from across the room.

      I could understand using Siri on your iPhone or iPad occasionally to command certain tasks on your TV ("Find ESPN" for instance), but I just don't see it as the killer feature of 2012.
      dave95.