Panasonic Reveals Spoken-Command TVs

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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.

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