Samsung in partnership with Nuance have beaten any Apple Siri-packing iTV to the punch by announcing that their 2012 premium range of web-connected Smart TVs will feature voice control.
First teased by Nuance back at CES 2012 in January, the speech-recognition specialists will be popping their Dragon voice control technology into Sammy’s screens, letting users speak to change channels, search for content on the Web, access Samsung’s Smart Hub, and connect with friends and family via Skype.
A TV in stadby can even be woken up by saying “Hi TV, power on.”
“The power and simplicity of voice integration as part of a TV interface is clear the moment you sit back and speak to your TV,” said Michael Thompson, senior vice president and general manager, Nuance Mobile.
“Working together, Nuance and Samsung are demonstrating how voice truly transforms the digital living room experience.”
Here’s hoping it’s better than the Xbox 360 and Kinect’s attempt at voice control. For every time that works, there’s a hundred other fails that make me yearn for a shoe to throw at the sensor. Or a remote control at the very least.
For more on Samsung’s 2012 Smart TV range, click here.