With the trends in personal computing favoring software that gets to know its users, the newest version of Nuance's Dragon voice dictation suite of software--Dragon 15, announced Tuesday--is right on track. Dragon 15--including Dragon Professional Individual ( 300), Dragon Professional Individual for Mac ( 300), Dragon Legal ( 500), and Nuance Dragon Anywhere (free to install; subscriptions run 15/month or 150/year)--is based on Nuance's new machine-learning technology. The company claims that this technology has improved recognition accuracy by at least 24 percent, thanks to its algorithm that learns your distinctive speech patterns over time combined with an improved capability to pick out speech from a noisy room. Lawyers may buy the expanded Legal version, which is trained using a legal vocabulary of more than 400 million words, according to the company. But the majority of Nuance's customers will probably invest in the Dragon Professional Individual version, which is designed for a more general vocabulary.
Your speech-recognizing friends at Nuance are back with a major update to their flagship app, Dragon. The popular productivity software is now in its 15th version, an update that promises some substantial improvements in accuracy courtesy of the company's own deep learning tech, which forms the basis of its speech engine. According to Nuance, this latest upgrade brings better accuracy "upwards of 24 percent," with improved ability to recognize and learn accents and voice patterns, while adapting to the acoustics of the speaker's environment. Here's a quote from the company's CTO, "Training such Deep Neural Net models typically requires large amounts of training data and a high-performance computing environment. However, our new Dragon portfolio includes our latest breakthrough that allows Dragon's Deep Neural Nets to continuously learn from the user's speech during use on a standard personal computer, and drive accuracy rates in some instances up to 24 percent higher."
Speech recognition giant Nuance has made their share of plays in the mobile space before -- they acquired Vlingo last year and pushed out their Dragon Go! voice command app to both iOS and Android. Their latest mobile endeavor, Dragon ID, is a little different -- its main draw is that it's capable of recognizing distinct voices and using them to authenticate users and unlock devices. It turns out that Dragon ID is quite the polyglot too, as the service is capable of recognizing voice input in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Simply saying "Hello Dragon" in any of those languages unlocks the phone and allows users to dive into their content. Their demo video (seen below) is where things start to get a little confusing.
Get ready to have some real conversations with your car. No, not the kind where you scream at the navigation system for taking you through New Jersey, or break into a crying jag because the car ran out of gas somewhere between Brooklyn and Montauk. No, these are real conversations that might, in fact, head off those messy ones. Nuance Communications is the company responsible for the original voice recognition and speech technology for Siri, and the parent of one of the oldest and most-respected voice recognition systems, Dragon Naturally Speaking. For years they've been busy building voice assistants for virtually every major auto manufacturer.
Nuance Communications has a new partner to help bring its voice recognition technology to more first responders. The conversational technology business is working with Nexgen, a Computer Aided Dispatch and Records Management Systems (CAD/RMS) provider, to bring AI-powered voice recognition to dispatch and public safety communications systems. Specifically, the companies will be combining Nuance's Dragon Law Enforcement speech recognition technology with Nexgen's set of software system offerings. Nuance's Dragon Law Enforcement is already used by thousands of law enforcement officers across the US, Mark Geremia, Nuance's general manager of Dragon, told ZDNet. By partnering with Nexgen, Nuance can expand its customer base beyond law enforcement to include fire departments, 911 call centers and EMT agencies.