Nuance's XT9 Simplifies Text Input on Sharp TVs

The Sharp AQUOS TV ASIA features intelligent text input powered by Nuance's XT9, optimized for IPTVs, providing consumers with a simpler way to find Web content and navigate menus, Nuance has announced.

Today's IPTV experience provides consumers with seemingly limitless content and entertainment options, but traditional remote controls make it difficult to navigate menus and search the Web and nearly impossible to discover new content, Nuance said. XT9 predictive input technology automatically completes likely search terms after only a few characters are entered, changing the way consumers use traditional remote controls. XT9 for TV features word correction and auto punctuation, and lets users alternate between numbers, letters, and symbols.

"There's a new revolution under way around the digital living room search experience," said Michael Thompson, executive vice president and general manager at Nuance Mobile, in a statement. "Consumers demand the ability to quickly get to the content they love, and easily discover new entertainment options."

XT9 supports more than 80 languages and is available alongside Nuance's Dragon TV voice and natural language understanding platform to provide TV manufacturers with the ability to offer consumers a flexible, multimodal voice and touch-connected TV experience. Sharp's 2012 AQUOS IPTV ASIA featuring Nuance's XT9 will begin shipping in August 2012, supporting English, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, Farsi, and Arabic.

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