A Palo Alto startup called Wit.AI wants to enable a world of intelligent dialog with the devices around us, but conquering voice commands is the first step on its mission.
Our voices aren’t just a way to communicate, they are an ever-present certification of who we are. That’s why banks and other big firms are turning to voice authentication.
Advances in voice recognition and natural language understanding technology will make things easier for all of us, but it’s a potential game-changer for some with disabilities.
Natural language user interfaces show great promise for a variety of situations, but Nuance Communications CTO Vlad Sejnoha sees a need for standard formats if new entrants aren’t to be blocked as data sources.
Nuance continues to revamp its semantic search app Dragon Go into a full-blown mobile assistant. New features on the app allow you to open third-party apps, access your music and even set alarms. Nuance also added support for Gingerbread, but there’s no iOS version yet.
By bringing Nuance’s voice technology into the mix, Expect Labs thinks its platform can do more than just answer questions or perform simple voice searches and could change how we interact with devices.
Android 4.2, the version that’s debuting on the Nexus 4, swipes functionality from Swype – but its implementation of photo filters could spell trouble for multiple startups.
Developers are getting another Siri-like tool to embed speech-enabled virtual assistants in their apps. Lexee, a new product from interactive voice response provider Angel, offers an SDK for iOS and Android users. Lexee has a point and click system for building conversation flows and user analytics.
Nuance is offering up a new SDK that will allow big consumer-facing companies to embed virtual voice assistants directly into their mobile apps. Called Nina, the software is intended to cut through app clutter and allow customers to accomplish complex transactions through simple speech commands
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