Nuance, the company that has brought you many voice recognition applications, including Dragon ID and Dragon Drive, is returning, but this time they’re working on adding voice-powered ‘Nina’ to third party applications. They hope to expand to bank, insurance, and other large iOS (and Android) applications.
To accomplish this feat, Nuance has launched a SDK for developers. This will bring functionality similar to Siri to the table for third party party applications. So here are some of Nina’s raved features: (via The Verge)
Nina offers three main features: a biometric voice-unlock for logging in, Nuance’s classic voice recognition, and natural language understanding that’s contextually aware and able to lead a user through multiple steps
What Nuance is doing with Nina is exactly what Apple should be trying to complete with Siri. Apple’s Siri will never gain popularity without this type of expansion.
In my opinion, Nina sounds fairly similar to Siri. Click here to view a video demo in which features an actor completing actions such as transferring money between bank accounts, paying bills, and more using Nina.
Nina is expected to first launch on the USSA banking application (a military financial service). The launch date is expected to be sometime later this month. We assure you that more developers will soon hop on-board too. We will just have to wait and see.
Nuance claims Nina isn’t meant to be a Siri competitor, but what do you think? Let us know in the comments.
[via The Verge]