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Vuzix and Nuance bring voice recognition to M100 Smart Glasses


January 13, 2014

Including the voice recognition technology will allow users to control the M100 menu system

Including the voice recognition technology will allow users to control the M100 menu system

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Augmented reality eyewear company Vuzix is looking to add to the functionality of its M100 Smart Glasses, teaming up with Nuance to incorporate voice recognition technology for a 2.0 OS release.

The Android-based eyewear was first unveiled at CES 2013 and, with built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and ability to record HD video (720p), geared toward industry specific applications. Vuzix CEO Paul Travers believes that adding voice recognition capability to the augmented reality smart glasses will expand its potential uses and widen the appeal of the device.

"By integrating Nuance's voice technology into our M100 platform, we've given our customers even greater flexibility in the way they can use our smart glasses to solve issues that challenge their business," said Travers. "And because a user can speak naturally, integrating smart glass technology into our customers' business processes is more intuitive and simply faster, saving both time and energy."

Nuance Communications is the company behind speech-to-text software Dragon Dictate and has seen its technology adapted to a variety of applications, such as Dragon TV and Android's Swype keyboard.

Vuzix says that the voice-recognition update includes noise-canceling technology and is embedded in the M100 eyewear, so there'll be no need for a data connection to use the feature. It will allow users to control the M100 menu system by speaking simple commands such as "scroll left and select application" and "navigate to location."

Vuzix is yet to specify an M100 2.0 OS release date.

Source: Vuzix

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