Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced the next-generation Dragon Assistant designed for Intel® RealSense™ technology, an entirely new conversational personal assistant that works with your favorite websites and applications. The next-generation Nuance Dragon Assistant is available today on Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo 2 in 1, tablet, Ultrabook, notebook, and AIO devices, and coming in devices from Asus and Toshiba in early 2014. For the first time, Dragon Assistant will be available on a tablet, coming first from Lenovo in early 2014.
Dragon Assistant, which comes with two selectable personalities (American Female and British Butler), lets you have an ongoing dialogue with your Intel-powered 2 in 1, tablet, Ultrabook, notebook, and all-in-one devices. Simply tell it to play music, get answers, connect with friends and find content – all by using your voice. Dragon Assistant even lets you check your calendar, get maps and directions, find flights or book a dinner reservation. Also available offline, people can play music from their hard drive, control their device, dictate notes and more without an internet connection.
“Our vision with Intel RealSense technology is to make computing more immersive and enable human-like natural interaction,” said Mooly Eden, senior vice president, general manager Perceptual Computing, Intel. “Intel has worked closely with Nuance at the system level for Intel-based devices; to create a leading voice solution that understands how humans speak, and searches like humans search, rather than forcing us to learn new commands to communicate with our devices.”
Nuance’s new Dragon Assistant is an intelligent and personable assistant that taps into Intel’s Core i3, i5 or i7 processors, as well as the Pentium, Celeron or Atom processors. Combined with Nuance’s intelligent systems in the cloud, Dragon Assistant delivers powerful contextual dialogue capabilities that keep the conversation going on next generation devices. For instance, ask: “Who directed Pulp Fiction?” and Dragon Assistant will quickly respond, “Quentin Tarantino.” From there, ask: “Who was in that movie?” and Dragon Assistant will understand the context of the question, know that you are talking about Pulp Fiction, and tell you the list of actors. Similarly, you can ask “Where is a great place to get sushi?” and Dragon Assistant will take you directly to Yelp, displaying a list of top-rated sushi restaurants around you.