Nuance Powers New Bon’App for iPhone

Nuance Communications' Dragon Mobile SDK is powering the voice search capabilities in Bon'App, a new app for the iPhone that aims to change the way people think about and search for healthy food options.

Bon'App is the latest graduate of the Nuance Mobile Developer Program, which provides developers with access to the Dragon Mobile SDK that features the core speech recognition capabilities found in Dragon Apps.

Developed by Laurent Adamowicz, a Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow, along with a team of Harvard graduate students, Bon'App serves as a nutritionist in your pocket, drawing on the expertise of medical professionals, registered dietitians, and nutritionists to provide individualized suggestions that help consumers eat more healthfully. Searching for healthy dining options is even easier with Bon'App's voice search capabilities powered by Dragon. Just say "pizza" to see a list of local restaurants offering that food, as well as nutritional details on the dishes they offer. People can also use the voice recognition feature to dictate their own recipes, so that instructions for Grandma's roast chicken are always close at hand.

"Bon'App was designed to make it easier than ever to quickly access and enjoy healthy foods tailored to an individual's lifestyle, no matter where she or he is: at home, at work, or on the go. By integrating Nuance's voice capabilities, we're able to enhance Bon'App's user experience so that our consumers can simply speak the name of a food or ingredient, like chocolate or cheese, to find what they are craving," said Adamowicz, president and CEO, Bon'App.

"The Nuance Mobile Developer Program's success lies in part with the fact that virtually any developer can voice-enable any app, and in a matter of days," said Matt Revis, vice president of product management and marketing for Nuance Mobile. "Bon'App further demonstrates the flexibility and possibilities of voice search powered by Dragon to not only enhance the user interface, but to personalize the mobile app experience and their overall mobile lifestyle."

With the Dragon Mobile SDK, developers can bring any voice-enabled app to market, even if they have never implemented speech technology before. The Dragon Mobile SDK powers the voice recognition and text-to-speech capabilities of some of the most popular apps on the market, including Siri, Price Check by Amazon, Ask for iPhone, Merriam-Webster, Dictionary.com, SpeechTrans, Aisle411, AirYell, Yellow Pages by Avantar, iTranslate, Taskmind, CapnTrans, EZ CM by EZ Connector, and others.

Nuance's mobile voice technology, featured as part of the Dragon Mobile SDK and Dragon Mobile Apps family, brings the power of Dragon NaturallySpeaking to a variety of applications and services supporting a broad range of languages. Nuance's portfolio of speech and predictive text solutions are trusted by the world's leading manufacturers and mobile operators, and are found in billions of phones and millions of automobiles and consumer electronic devices, making them among the most pervasive mobile solutions on the market today.

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