VOICE RECOGNITION SPECIALIST Nuance is about to make the childhood dreams of kids everywhere come true with a watch you can talk into.
The company has released a version of its Dragon Naturally Speaking software tailored for smartwatches.
As well as telling a smartwatch to shut up when its alarm goes off, Dragon Mobile Assistant can also assist mobile functions similar to those of Google Now or Siri, including updating social media, sending emails, giving reminders, checking news and sports results and finding cinema listings.
Swype, the company's mobile keyboard that introduced the concept of drawing to type, rather than typing on keys, is also voice enabled.
"Wearable technology marks an important evolution in the way people interact with devices," said Nuance Mobile EVP and GM Michael Thompson.
"Leveraging our powerful Nuance Cloud Services, we are creating intelligent systems optimized for devices with smaller screens where buttons and menus are not practical, or perhaps even not possible. Wearables were made for voice, natural language understanding, and Swype."
The company went on to explain that through interacting with other APIs you can even advise your watch to "Play a little mood music", "Make the lights sexy" or "Order a dozen red roses". We will suggest, however, that if you get to this stage, you might have fallen in love with your wearable and should seek help immediately. µ