Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced that its Dragon TV platform now includes voice biometrics for TVs, set-top boxes and second screen applications, creating an even more personalized TV experience through voice. Upon hearing a person’s unique voice, Dragon TV not only understands what is being said, but authenticates who is saying it, and from there enables personalized content for different members of a household. As a result, individuals can have immediate access to their own preferred channels and content, customized home screens and social media networks.
Voice biometrics as part of the Dragon TV experience transforms the lean-back experience of watching television in your living room – adding personalized content and even parental controls. So now when a user says their selected wake-up phrase such as “Hello, TV!,” their voice is recognized and authenticated for personalized channel menus, favorite movies and content, or other user-specific preferences. And because it is combined with Dragon TV’s voice and natural language understanding, changing channels and finding movies and shows is exceedingly fast and convenient.
Nuance’s voice biometrics technology uses a person’s unique voiceprint for effortless authentication to create a more engaging and more personalized consumer experience. Voice biometrics is already in use by many of the world’s largest financial and telecommunications organizations globally, as well as within mobile virtual assistant applications powered by Nuance’s Nina to provide consumers with convenient and secure access to content and information. Nuance voice biometrics technology leads the industry with over 35 million voiceprints deployed by its customers, representing over 80% of the commercial market. (Opus Research: Research Report: Voice Biometrics Vendor Survey and “IntelliView” 2013, July 2013).
“This is an incredibly exciting expansion of our voice biometrics capabilities, once again transforming the way we engage the connected TV,” said Michael Thompson, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Mobile. “Quick and easy access to content is at a premium in most household living rooms – even more so when that is a shared device like the TV. With voice biometrics, Dragon TV now brings both personalization and limitless access to shows, movies, content and much more.”