Engineers expect voice recognition technology to become the dominant interface for mobile computing devices in the years ahead, and for other devices, as well. One of the leading companies in the industry, Nuance, is working to bring voice recognition to the television. The technology could eliminate the endless menus users must navigate just to find a movie. Nuance is believed to provide Siri, Apple’s voice-activated personal assistant, with its speech component. Following Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, it is speculated that Siri will act as the controller for Apple’s forthcoming television.
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Nuance is also working to integrate voice activation with the automobile. “The Sync entertainment system in Ford automobiles already uses Nuance’s technology to let drivers pull up directions, weather information, and songs.” Vlad Sejnoha, chief technology officer of Nuance, says that voice recognition will soon be the dominant interface for a host of devices, always on and always listening for key activation words. The company is preparing its technology to run on wearable computers, such as the photo-snapping eyeglasses under development at Google.