April 8, 2014| United States: Apple has made a grab for pioneering British voice dictation company Novauris to work on Siri, but has refused to reveal exactly what it is doing.
While not a household name the people behind Novauris used to work for Dragon Systems, a pioneering dictation and speech recognition company. The firm was founded in 2002 and has since worked to develop its own speech recognition engine and software. Novauris’ technology also supports a range of languages, including British, American and Singaporean English, German, French, Japanese, Korean, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese. While Apple hasn’t commented on what Novauris is working on, the company could be involved in further developing Apple CarPlay.
Novauris may also be working on improving the accuracy of Siri’s voice recognition. The company claims its technology “identifies complete phrases from start to finish” rather than recognising words in sequence. This reportedly makes the technology more accurate, with decisions based on complete phrases being matched to results from a huge database.
The news comes hot on the heels of Microsoft unveiling Cortana, its own voice assistant for its Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. Like Apple’s Siri, Cortana responds to voice commands to carry out a variety of tasks including sending messages, adding calendar entries and searching the web.