Nuance Dragon voice control coming to Samsung Smart TVs

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nuance-samsung.jpgSamsung 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.

Gerald Lynch

2 comments

  • Ok first off. This feature sounded cool, hence “sounded”. After I got a chance to test out the ES8000 the TV had a design flaw impacts the voice recognition feature in a HUGE way. WHY on earth would Samsung engineers build the Mic into a TV knowing the sound from the TV as well as other noises can interfere with voice commands. LG has the same exact feature as Samsung except they built the mic into the REMOTE. Thank god someone did a feature right for once. Samsung engineers need to wake up. 

  • Ok first off. This feature sounded cool, hence “sounded”. After I got a chance to test out the ES8000 the TV had a design flaw impacts the voice recognition feature in a HUGE way. WHY on earth would Samsung engineers build the Mic into a TV knowing the sound from the TV as well as other noises can interfere with voice commands. LG has the same exact feature as Samsung except they built the mic into the REMOTE. Thank god someone did a feature right for once. Samsung engineers need to wake up. 

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