Pebble Adds Nuance Brings Voice Recognition to Smartwatches
Nuance Communications' voice recognition technology is enabling Android users with Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel smartwatches to reply to email and text messages using their voice at a touch of a button. This feature will also be available on Pebble Time Round starting on November 8.
Pebble also created a Dictation API leveraging Nuance's voice technology for the Pebble developer community to build voice-enabled applications that will work with Pebble smartwatches on both Android and iOS.
"The value of a smartwatch is directly connected to its overall aesthetics, fit, and intuitive functionality. Pebble is committed to offering not only a variety of smartwatches that blend into individual lifestyles, but also to expanding the usability of Pebble smartwatches worldwide through frequent software upgrades," said Kean Wong, vice president of software engineering at Pebble, in a statement. "Making voice capabilities accessible to developers will help grow the Pebble app ecosystem exponentially, providing Pebble users access to more apps that are fun, intuitive, and easy to use."
"Voice opens up a world of possibility for wearable devices. In seconds, messages dictated by voice are sent right from the wrist with just a touch of a button. By opening the Dictation API to Pebble developers, more experiences will be delivered and consumers will be able to connect without having to look down at their device," said Scott Taylor, senior vice president of devices at Nuance Mobile, in a statement.