Intel Teams with Nuance To Bring Voice Search to Ultrabooks

The same tech behind Apple’s Siri will be used on Ultrabooks starting with Dell’s XPS13.

Nuance Communications, the developer behind Dragon for PC and Swype, said that Dragon Assistant Beta is now available for Intel-inspired Ultrabooks. The Dell XPS13 Ultrabook will be among the first PCs to ship with Dragon Assistant Beta in Q4 2012.

The result of a “strategic” collaboration between Intel and Nuance first announced back at CES 2012, Dragon Assistant Beta allows users to speak to their Ultrabook to search the web, find content, play music, check and reply to email, update social statuses and more. Ultrabook owners simply say “Hello Dragon” to awaken Dragon Assistant, and then say “go to sleep” when they want to software to stop taking commands.

Intel also today announced the availability of the Intel Perceptual Computing SDK 2013 Beta, which includes the voice SDK components from Nuance, giving developers the ability to leverage the power of Dragon to create applications and experiences that drive natural, intuitive voice interactions, Nuance said on Tuesaday.

“Dragon Assistant is a direct result of Nuance and Intel’s vision for a more human, natural interaction between people and their technology. You speak and the Ultrabook responds. Working closely with Intel, we’ve created a voice assistant experience optimized for the Ultrabook – incredibly fast, reliable, and with the performance you expect from a combined Nuance-Intel innovation. Dragon Assistant drives productivity, creativity and simply a PC experience that fits today’s busy lifestyle,” said Peter Mahoney, Chief Marketing Officer, Nuance Communications.

Dadi Perlmutter, Intel chief product officer, is currently demonstrating Dragon Assistant Beta today at theIntel Developer Forum in San Francisco. Perlmutter claims that the software “is running native on the platform, this is not a cloud service, this requires the high-performing CPU and the capabilities inside.” He also said that Intel worked with Nuance to fine-tune the voice recognition software for its processors to maximize performance.

Nuance’s flagship product is Dragon NaturallySpeaking. The company’s technology also powers Apple’s Siri voice search application which, according to numerous misleading commercials, can seemingly carry on a conversation with the user similar to the way the ship-wide computer used on Picard’s U.S.S. Enterprise would respond to the crew.


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