Nuance Communications this week unveiled Dragon TV, a unique voice and natural language understanding platform for TV, device and set-top box OEMs and service operators. At this time it’s not known if SDKs and APIs will be opened up for smaller third party developers for Connected TV but they do have a mobile developer’s programme.
Dragon TV makes finding and accessing shows, movies and content in today’s digital living room easy and fun for consumers. 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.
An estimated 1.6 billion TVs will be connected to the web by 2014 according to Strategy Analytics – and the broad spectrum of channels and media options available today are already nearly impossible to navigate with traditional TV remotes. Consumers have more options and media than they are even aware of, and still can’t find “what’s on.” Dragon TV changes all of that, giving OEMs and service operators the ability to deliver TVs, set-top boxes and applications that let consumers find and experience content with Nuance’s leading voice technologies. Further, Nuance’s natural language understanding technologies allow consumers to say virtually anything to quickly and easily discover shows, movies and more. For instance, people can say:
- “Go to PBS”
- “What’s on Bravo at 9 p.m. tonight?
- “When is Ellen on?
- “Watch Dexter on DVR
- “Find comedies with Vince Vaughn
- “Play David Guetta on Music Choice”
Dragon TV also makes it even easier to stay connected from the couch by leveraging the unique messaging and social media capabilities that today’s digital TV OEMs and operators offer, such as email, messaging, Twitter, Facebook and Skype. For instance, people can say:
- “Send message to Julie, ‘Old School is on TBS again this weekend – super excited’”
- “Send update to Facebook, ‘Anyone else looking forward to Celebrity Wife Swap?’”
- “Call John via Skype” and be talking in no time
Dragon TV is incredibly flexible, and can be integrated across embedded, connected and hybrid modes, allowing OEMs and service operators to take advantage of the content available on the device and in the cloud. Dragon TV features include: