Siri was, without any doubt, the standout feature of iPhone 4S but it seems that its (Siri) job hasn’t finished yet. Rumors are in the air that Apple will possibly bring a television set which would be totally voice-controlled, or totally Siri-controlled.
These rumors were first brought to light by none other than Apple’s late founding icon Steve Jobs. In a comment to biographer Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs described his vision of a television set which would have the simplest possible user interface anyone could imagine.
I’d like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use. It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud. No longer would users have to fiddle with complex remotes for DVD players and cable channels. It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it.
Now today, Nuance Communications (a software technology corporation dealing with multiple technologies including voice recognition) has shed some light on the vision of the founding father of Apple and has announced the arrival of Dragon TV. Though it’s not a TV set, it is a voice recognition platform which is specifically designed for television experience.
Leveraging Nuance’s voice and natural language understanding capabilities, Dragon TV creates the “lean-back experience” consumers demand, with the ability to easily find content by speaking channel numbers, station names, show and movie names. People can even search for content by actor and genre, and stay connected via Twitter, Facebook and Skype.
Other than Dragon TV, the company also announced of its partnership deal with Intel to bring voice recognition technology to world’s biggest chipmaker’s new Ultrabook platform.
Nuance’s Dragon voice recognition technology, which is at the core of the renowned Dragon NaturallySpeaking software used by millions, will be deeply integrated into the new Intel application. Using this new capability, consumers will be able to control their Ultrabook just by using their voice. Consumers will be able to quickly and easily launch applications, play media, interact with social media sites and control their email and calendars with natural voice commands.
So a voice controlled smartphone followed by voice controlled notebook and TV, what next?