Intel have partnered with Nuance to offer voice search and voice control capabilities in future Ultrabooks.
Intel have been delivering keynote speeches today as part of their developer conference all the way over in San Francisco. Today, the company have revealed that they have partnered with Nuance to bring voice search and control to future Ultrabooks and in a practical showcase, the company had an Intel developer search the web, look up a product on Amazon, tweet a link to it, and then play some music through voice control.
Nuance is a very well known company within the technology industry with them most commonly being known for their Dragon Naturally Speaking voice recognition software for PC and Dragon Dictate for Mac. This new partnership from Intel and Nuance however merges Nuance’s Dragon Assistant software, which is very similar in effect to Google Voice whereby users can direct instructions to their machine which will then quite happily carry out the task. As noted elsewhere online, this is also fundamentally the same concept as Apple’s Siri, where Nuance’s technology actually powers it. In a few years, it is hoped that this technology could provide language translation also.
The software will run natively on Windows 8 upon launch, and is in no way a ‘lite’ product attached to the cloud. On the contrary, this software is stored on the machine and requires a high power CPU to keep it running smoothly without any detrimental effect to average PC / Ultrabook performance. Of course, that is where Intel’s Haswell mobile processors will come in offering excellent performance alongside power efficiency.
The new feature will become available in the fourth quarter of 2012, with the Dell XPS series looking likely to be one of the first to get it, due to it being the machine of choice for initial demonstration at this years developer conference. 2013 should see a lot of Ultrabooks released with this new Nuance powered voice feature too.