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Nuance Releases Dragon Remote Microphone for iOS

With Nuance technology possibly sprinkled in iOS, why not show off with a brand new app that’s free in the App Store? Dragon Remote Microphone was announced by Nuance today as a sort of “wireless microphone” for Dragon NaturallySpeaking, Windows-only speech recognition software for the desktop. The best part is that all you need is a WiFi connection to the PC - you don’t need to crawl under your desk or visit staples to buy an accessory.

In conjunction with the launch of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5, Nuance introduced the Dragon Remote Mic App, a free application on the Apple iOS app store which makes it possible to use an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad as a wireless microphone for Dragon via a Wi-Fi network connection. Many customers have requested to use their smartphones and other mobile devices with Dragon to have more flexibility with how and where they dictate with Dragon. The new Dragon Remote Mic App takes advantage of the nearly 200 million iOS devices in use today, and transforms the device into a wireless microphone that easily captures dictation and controls applications on your PC.

Leading up to WWDC 2011, the Internet was lit with rumors about Apple possibly integrating Nuance technology into iOS 5. Later leaked screenshots reveal Nuance dictation to be embedded, which may offer speech-to-text input thanks to a microphone button on your keyboard (not dissimilar from Android). Remember when Apple acquired Siri? Much of Siri’s technology was based on Nuance - TechCrunch speculated that Apple may already be running Nuance’s translation software in the Apple data center. That deal was rumored to be dismissed, however, as a partnership would reduce costs, yet it’s unknown whether a partnership could reveal itself by the time iOS 5 is released in the fall. As Nuance continues to release apps on iOS, including the previously released Dragon Dictation for iPhone and iPad (free in the App Store), they convey that iOS seems to be a prime candidate future integration.

[Nuance via MacRumors]

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