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Panasonic Reveals Spoken-Command TVs

Secaucus, N.J. –


and Nuance Communications said
Tuesday that they have entered an agreement to place Nuance’s Dragon TV voice-control
technologies in select Panasonic Viera TVs.

Nuance said Panasonic
plans to bring to market a new portfolio of TVs that provide access to digital
content via spoken commands.

So far, Panasonic has
only announced plans to ship the new TVs in Europe. No plans were discussed for
U.S. introduction.

Nuance’s Dragon TV
platform will provide an intuitive and interactive system to control TV
functions by spoken commands.

By integrating
Nuance’s innovative voice technology designed for the digital TV experience,
Panasonic will be able to provide its consumers with the ability to engage with
and discover TV content faster and easier than ever before.

“TVs have become
the epicenter of the digital living room, with what seems to be unlimited
entertainment and media content. But that content is only as powerful as the
experience and the ability for consumers to access it. By integrating Nuance’s
voice technology, Panasonic can empower consumers to enjoy TV watching with
voice-guidance technology in a more universal way,” Hiroyuki Iwaki, Panasonic
TV product planning group manager, said in a statement on the deal.

Dragon TV is
designed to understand naturally spoken commands to make finding and accessing
shows, movies and content in easy.

“The digital
living room is quickly proving to be the next big opportunity for voice, as it
lets consumers engage their TVs in a way that is natural and intuitive,” said
Michael Thompson, senior VP and general manager, Nuance Mobile. “And because
our Dragon TV platform is incredibly flexible, we’re able to give our OEM
partners like Panasonic new ways to differentiate the TV experience based on
the unique demands of their consumers.”

Nuance also
developed the voice-controlled system LG has adopted for select TV models it
will market later in the year.