The relationship between people and technology has evolved dramatically in recent years. The interactions between a user and a device were initially very rigid – you watched a television, spoke into a cell phone and navigated the Internet on your computer. The interactions didn’t extend beyond a device’s most basic purpose.
Today, though, advancements in technology have paved the way for more personal, humanized interactions between users and devices. People can have a customized television experience based on their viewing history; phones allow for a wider range of functions, from setting an alarm to searching for directions; and computers are all-encompassing, pervasive tools for information access and exchange.
As the range of capabilities of these devices continues to expand, it becomes even more apparent that technology can make peoples’ lives easier, by granting them access to information, their favorite media and content, and the ability to complete a host of tasks for pleasure and convenience.
An evident example of this in today’s world is the recent rise in intelligent personal assistant technology on some of our favorite devices. Handsets, in particular, have proven to be an ideal vehicle for personal assistant technology, as people rely on these devices more and more for everyday tasks and access to information and content.
Our methods for accessing this content have evolved in recent years, as well. Voice has emerged as an engaging and efficient way to take advantage of all of the functions a device has to offer. By using their voice to control their technology, users eliminate their reliance on key-tapping and scrolling through the multiple levels of content.
Nuance has led the way in integrating voice recognition technology into the world’s most popular devices – including phones, tablets, televisions and cars – and has also emerged as a pioneer in the development of personal assistants. Nuance and Intel are now bringing that personal assistant experience to another powerful device – the PC – as it was announced on Thursday that Dragon Assistant is available on 13 new Intel-inspired Ultrabooks, Notebooks and All-in-Ones, as part of Best Buy’s Premium Collection.
Dragon Assistant leverages Nuance’s speech recognition technology, allowing your voice to be your PC’s command. Simply say, ‘Hello, Dragon’ and Dragon Assistant instantly awakens and is ready to take action, whether it’s searching the Internet, opening your favorite playlist, or updating Facebook and Twitter, totally hands-free – no hands, keyboard, mouse or headset required. Dragon Assistant will even open programs and applications and supports short or simple dictation, so you can talk instead of type. And, Dragon Assistant works when a device is online and offline, so it’s always available for the user.
Dragon Assistant is evolving the PC experience just in time for the new school year. With Dragon Assistant, students are empowered with a fast and flexible way to navigate their PCs to access the information they need to complete assignments, maximize study time, stay organized and keep in touch with family and friends. Dragon Assistant drives productivity and creativity and is optimized for a student’s busy lifestyle.
Dragon Assistant has been integrated into Ultrabooks from Lenovo, Asus, Acer and Toshiba, turning the PCs into always-listening personal assistants.
Dragon Assistant is a part of Nuance and Intel’s vision for a more human, natural interaction between people and their technology. Nuance and Intel deliver in Dragon Assistant a personal assistant experience for the PC that’s incredibly fast, accurate and reliable – exactly what you would expect from a Nuance and Intel collaboration.