Nuance, the amazing voice recognition technology behind Siri and other voice recognition software on phones, has announced that they'll be bringing their voice tech to TVs now with Dragon TV. Basically, Nuance wants you to talk to your TVs. And since Apple is supposedly making an HDTV that let's you talk to the TV, this is getting VERY interesting.
We've seen other companies not named after a fruit introduce voice control TVs and it wouldn't be surprising to learn that Nuance powers them as well with Dragon TV. The way Dragon TV will work is people just talk naturally, and Nuance's Dragon TV will figure out everything you need to know. For example, 'Go to BBC One' will make the channel flip to BBC One. 'When is Have I Got News For You on?' will make your TV show you Have I Got News For You. Dragon TV also ties into social networks (of course), letting you share what you're watching or ping friends to tell 'em a favorite show is on.
All this technology is interesting because of what companies will do with it. Nuance is making an OEM play, which matters little to us other than the fact that aside from 3DTVs, the next TV hawtness will be talk-and-learn-type television sets. However, Apple, in particular, is probably very happy the tech they use behind Siri will be adapting their services for the boob tube, because they really want to make talkable TVs happen (the only reason an Apple HDTV would make sense, really). Basically, from our perspective, Nuance announcing Dragon TV for OEMs is clearing a path for the Siri-powered Apple HDTV.