Nuance's NDEV Mobile Developer Program Gives Voice to TV Apps

written by: Richard Kastelein

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nuancelogoNuance Communications today announced that its NDEV Mobile developer program now offers beta access to voice capabilities specifically designed to support Smart TV use cases. Third-party developers can include Nuance's powerful voice recognition and text-to-speech in TV-related apps, providing consumers with an intuitive and interactive experience for the digital living room and beyond.

"NDEV's global success continues, with over 16,000 developers taking advantage of our program," said Matt Revis, vice president and general manager, Dragon Devices, Nuance. "And by expanding developers' access to TV language models, we are simplifying and enhancing the way people interact with TV content on their devices and in their living rooms."

NDEV is also further empowering mobile developers with 11 new text-to-speech voices and three new languages, creating additional opportunities for unique and differentiated apps around the world. Developers now have access to more than 40 languages and 61 voices for text-to-speech. New voices span Greek, Romanian, Russian, French, Mandarin Chinese, Irish English, driving further personalization across a variety of global applications.

NDEV is also expanding its capabilities to the web app community with a PhoneGap plug-in for Android, iOS and WindowsPhone, connecting the PhoneGap framework to the Dragon Mobile SDK. As a result, developers have an even easier way to integrate powerful cross-platform network speech in their web apps running on iOS, Android and Windows Phone - across all of NDEV's languages and voices.

Leading brands in navigation, health and fitness, lifestyle, food, gaming, messaging, social networking and web browsing applications have recognized the benefit of integrating Dragon technology into their applications, including OnStar RemoteLink, Coupons.com's Grocery iQ, SnapGuide, Price Check by Amazon, Merriam-Webster, SayHi Translate, Dolphin, Kraft iFood App, Grainger, Bon'App, Dolphin Sonar, Sonico iTranslate, and many others.

Editor's Note: TV Hackfest 2013 will be held in London on October 22-23, 2013. With over 150 signed up already - four months prior - it's expected to be one of the largest TV Hackathons ever held. 

About the Author

Richard Kastelein
Founder of The Hackfest, publisher of TV App Market and global expert on Media & TV innovation, Kastelein is an award winning publisher and futurist. He has guest lectured at MIT Media Lab, University of Cologne, sat on media convergence panel at 2nd EU Digital Assembly in Brussels, and worked with broadcasters such as the BBC, NPO, RTL (DE and NL), Eurosport, NBCU, C4, ITV, Seven Network and others on media convergence strategy - Social TV, OTT, DLNA and 2nd Screen etc.

He is a Fellow of the UK Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and UK Royal Television Society (RTS) member.

Kastelein has spoken (& speaking) on the future of media & TV in Amsterdam, Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Brighton, Copenhagen, Cannes, Cologne, Curacao, Frankfurt, Hollywood, Hilversum, Geneva, Groningen (TEDx), Kuala Lumpur, London, Las Vegas, Leipzig, Madrid, Melbourne, NYC, Rio, Sheffield, San Francisco, San Jose, Sydney, Tallinn, Vienna, Zurich...

He's been on advisory boards of TEDx Istanbul, SMWF UK, Apps World, and judged & AIB awards, Social TV Awards Hollywood, TV Connect & IPTV Awards.

A versatilist & autodidact, his leadership ability, divergent and synthetic thinking skills evolved from sailing the world 24000 miles+ offshore in his 20′s on sailboats under 12m.

He spent 10 years in the Caribbean media & boating industry as a professional sailor before returning to Europe, to Holland.

A Creative Technologist and Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Metis) his career began in the Canadian Native Press and is now a columnist for The Association for International Broadcasting and writes for Wired, The Guardian & Virgin. His writings have been translated into Polish, German and French. 

One of Kastelein's TV formats was optioned by Sony Pictures Television in 2012. 

Currently involved in a number of startups including publishing TV App Market online, The Hackfest and Tripsearch TV. As CSO for Worldticketshop he helped build a $100m company.

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