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Nuance, the company that brought you Siri, has been busy working on their voice recognition technology. You might think that they rested on their laurels after Siri became the virtual assistant for the iPhone 4S, but you would be mistaken. Earlier this week, Nuance announced its latest development, Nina, voice recognition technology with enhanced and powerful capabilities.
Siri brought voice search, reminders and communication abilities to the iPhone 4S, but we consumers quickly got spoiled and soon were clamoring for even more tech. Well, even if you haven’t been clamoring, Nuance is going to give you more. Nina is technology that is designed to help you manage your travel, banking and investment activities.
Like Siri, Nina is a virtual assistant and uses Natural Language Understanding so you can talk to Nina in conversational language without having to remember specific commands.
But Nina gains skills that Siri doesn’t (yet) have. Nina offers not just voice recognition but voice identification. Nina will be able to identify who you are by the sound of your voice, eliminating the need to enter passwords.
With Nina you will be able to use your voice to pay bills, transfer funds, make airline and hotel reservations and trade investments. Nina is designed to be used with both Android and iPhone.
Here’s a video demonstrating Nina in action:
(Is it just me or is anyone else seeing irony in using voice identification as a password when Nina’s voice sounds identical to Siri’s voice?)
Nina is technology designed for companies to incorporate into their own apps. Major travel, insurance, financial and banking institutions are the target market. USAA, the financial services firm available to US military service members, veterans, and their families, has signed on to incorporate Nina into its mobile app, anticipated to be launched early next year.
You can learn more about Nina at the Nuance website.
Are you excited about the expansion of voice recognition and identification technology? Have you been eagerly anticipating the next generation of Siri? Would you be interested in using apps that have Nina’s capabilities? Do you think voice identification provides better security than passwords? Please share your thoughts with us in the Comments section below!