Will Novauris Buy Improve Siri’s Accuracy?

If youEUve been less than thrilled with some of SiriEUs renditions of your voice commands, take heart. Apple has acquired Novauris Technologies to improve her hearing.

Novauris could help, considering the team that launched the United Kingdom-based software company worked for the likes of Dragon Systems. Dragon is a popular and accurate dictation tool.

Apple first launched Siri in 2011. Siri rolled out as a revolutionary EUintelligent assistantEU for its iOS devices that promised to help you get things done just by asking. Siri works to understand context so you can speak naturally when you ask it questions. But Siri has scrambled plenty of words, leading to exposes by various Web sites detailing just how bad Siri is, quirky answers and bad translations.

Siri Getting More Competitive

We caught up with Greg Sterling, principal analyst at Sterling Market Intelligence, to get his take on the buy -- the financial terms of which have not been disclosed. He told us Apple has been relying primarily on Nuance for speech recognition and processing up until this point.

EUHowever, competition in the EUpersonal assistantEU segment is intensifying,EU Sterling said. EUMicrosoft introduced Cortana this week. I don't believe this acquisition is a direct response to Cortana.EU

Microsoft is billing Cortana as EUthe worldEUs first truly personal digital assistant.EU A popular EUHaloEU character inspires its personality but it gets its knowledge from Bing. Microsoft said Cortana gets to know you and works better as time passes because it asks questions based on your behavior and checks in with you before making assumptions. ThatEUs a different market than Apple is going after with Siri, but shows how the voice recognition movement is evolving.

Siri Raises the Bar

As Sterling sees it, the Novauris buy will help users interact more "naturally" with Siri on devices and in the car. He said itEUs about bolstering...

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Will Novauris Buy Improve Siri’s Accuracy?

If youEUve been less than thrilled with some of SiriEUs renditions of your voice commands, take heart. Apple has acquired Novauris Technologies to improve her hearing.

Novauris could help, considering the team that launched the United Kingdom-based software company worked for the likes of Dragon Systems. Dragon is a popular and accurate dictation tool.

Apple first launched Siri in 2011. Siri rolled out as a revolutionary EUintelligent assistantEU for its iOS devices that promised to help you get things done just by asking. Siri works to understand context so you can speak naturally when you ask it questions. But Siri has scrambled plenty of words, leading to exposes by various Web sites detailing just how bad Siri is, quirky answers and bad translations.

Siri Getting More Competitive

We caught up with Greg Sterling, principal analyst at Sterling Market Intelligence, to get his take on the buy -- the financial terms of which have not been disclosed. He told us Apple has been relying primarily on Nuance for speech recognition and processing up until this point.

EUHowever, competition in the EUpersonal assistantEU segment is intensifying,EU Sterling said. EUMicrosoft introduced Cortana this week. I don't believe this acquisition is a direct response to Cortana.EU

Microsoft is billing Cortana as EUthe worldEUs first truly personal digital assistant.EU A popular EUHaloEU character inspires its personality but it gets its knowledge from Bing. Microsoft said Cortana gets to know you and works better as time passes because it asks questions based on your behavior and checks in with you before making assumptions. ThatEUs a different market than Apple is going after with Siri, but shows how the voice recognition movement is evolving.

Siri Raises the Bar

As Sterling sees it, the Novauris buy will help users interact more "naturally" with Siri on devices and in the car. He said itEUs about bolstering...

Comments are closed.