Nuance offers voice assistant software for Ultrabooks

Thin and light PC notebooks based on the Ultrabook design backed by Intel have been out in the marketplace for a year now. Today, Intel and voice recognition software company Nuance announced a partnership where software from Nuance would be pre-bundled on some upcoming Ultrabooks.

Today's press release offered up more information on the software, called Dragon Assistant. Nuance states:

Simply say “Hello Dragon” to awaken Dragon Assistant, and from there, just speak to search the web for content, information and shopping; access, discover and play music; check and reply to email; and, listen to and update social media statuses. Dragon Assistant also provides direct access to the most popular content providers for content on the web. For instance, people can say “Search YouTube for Justin Bieber.” When finished using Dragon Assistant, simply say “Go to sleep” for the application to stop listening.

The beta software will be pre-bundled on Dell's XPS 13 Ultrabook, along with other notebooks, in the fourth quarter of 2012. The final version of the software will be released in the first quarter of 2013, but there's no word if people who get the beta version will have to pay extra for the final build of the software.

Source: Nuance | Image via Nuance

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User: Hello HAL
HAL: Hello
User:: Search YouTube for Apple IPhone Siri and iPhone 5
HAL: Are you sure you're making the right decision? I think we should stop.

THe computer for HAL from 2001 a space odysee was an "inside" joke as each letter was preceeding for IBM. Hence "HAL", but I would not like to speak to a voice with that name it just wouldn't sit right, and that is why no one has actually called a voice recognition program HAL, because it KILLED people !!!

...windows has had voice recognition since vista, and it is comparable to dragon. but basically this is siri for pc's....god intel sucks so much. did we really need apple to show us the way? well if i can call it HAL instead of dragon, ill be happy.

jorel009 said,
...windows has had voice recognition since vista, and it is comparable to dragon. but basically this is siri for pc's....god intel sucks so much. did we really need apple to show us the way? well if i can call it HAL instead of dragon, ill be happy.

siri wasn't developed by apple. apple simply bought the company and pre-installed into into the iphone 4S so that upgrading to a 4S could be 'justified'; that is; there was a reason worth upgrading. their entire campaign focused on it.

Avatar Roku said,
Why isn't this standard on all Windows 8/RT computers?

bet you it will be included in the windows blue upgrade..

Avatar Roku said,
Why isn't this standard on all Windows 8/RT computers?

Given the work in this area for Windows Phone 8... including APIs to hook WinRT apps into TellMe... I expect to see this come to Windows 8/8.5/9 at some point. Speech recognition has been a part of Windows for a long time now.