Nuance Adds Voice Biometrics to Smart TVs

Nuance Communications has announced the expansion of its Dragon TV platform with voice biometrics capabilities for TVs, set-top boxes, and second screen applications, creating a personalized TV experience through voice.

Upon hearing a person's unique voice, Dragon TV not only understands what is being said, but authenticates who is saying it, and from there enables personalized content for different members of a household. As a result, individuals can have immediate access to their own preferred channels and content, customized home screens, and social media networks.

When a user says their selected "wake-up phrase," such as "Hello, TV!," their voice is recognized and authenticated for personalized channel menus, favorite movies and content, or other user-specific preferences. Since these capabiilities are combined with Dragon TV's voice and natural language understanding, changing channels and finding movies and shows is fast and easy.

Nuance's voice biometrics technology uses a person's unique voiceprint for authentication to create a more engaging and personalized consumer experience. It is already in use by many of the world's largest financial and telecommunications organizations globally, as well as within mobile virtual assistant applications powered by Nuance's Nina to provide consumers with convenient and secure access to content and information. Nuance voice biometrics customers have already enrolled more than 35 million voiceprints, representing more than 80 percent of the commercial market, according to Opus Research.

"This is an incredibly exciting expansion of our voice biometrics capabilities, once again transforming the way we engage the connected TV," said Michael Thompson, executive vice president and general manager of Nuance Mobile, in a statement. "Quick and easy access to content is at a premium in most household living rooms—even more so when that is a shared device like the TV. With voice biometrics, Dragon TV now brings both personalization and limitless access to shows, movies, content, and much more."

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