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Virtual Assistant "Nina" Uses Your Voice as Your Password

Just a few days after the release of ARO's Saga virtual assistant, yet another digital helper has arrived to challenge the likes of Siri. Say hello to Nina, the latest virtual assistant developed by Nuance, the voice technology company behind the popular Dragon Naturally Speaking applications for PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices.

Combining the best technology from the iPhone's Dragon Dictation and iOS/Android's Dragon Go!, Nina is a voice-controlled assistant that works together with customer-service applications to provide comprehensive and rapid assistance. By combining all of Nuance's specialties including: text-to-speech, speech recognition, language comprehension and voice-ID biometric technology, Nina is able to provide direct access and information from a variety of applications such as banking apps, flight information apps or anything requiring a password for access.

By utilizing your specific voice as a password, Nina lets you perform actions such as balance transfers, balance inquiries, or personal information adjustments in just a couple of voice commands. The application features a software developers kit and a set of APIs that allow developers to easily integrate Nina support into their applications.

Nina is already working with a variety of applications, with additional support coming in quickly. Anybody who has used one of Nuance's Dragon apps before should definitely be excited about having Nina has their brand new virtual assistant. For more information and videos on Nina, head on over to Nuance's page here. (opens in new tab)

Tuan Mai is a Los Angeles based writer and marketing manager working within the PC Hardware industry. He has written for Tom's Guide since 2010, with a special interest in the weird and quirky.
  • Markon101
    This reads like an ad................................
  • freggo
    Markon101This reads like an ad................................
    How you could get 'thumbs down' for that is beyond me.
    You are perfectly right. THG puts in 'press releases', basically disguised Ads; as editorials.
    Most news etc do it of course but most are also better at disguising it.
    THG's version is usually -and sadly- very obvious.

    Now I get hit with the red thumbs too I guess :-)
  • sanctoon
    I am the system Administrator, my voice is my password, verify me
  • Hellbound
    Might suck if you have a cold....
  • __Miguel_
    Wait... I thought Siri was actually based off Nuace's voice recognition technology... If that's the case, then it's actually not "watch out Siri", but rather "coming to Siri-powered devices in the near future", because Apple wouldn't let this kind of thing get away, now that it invested in Siri. Right?

    Also, does anyone know who is responsible for Google's and Samsung's voice recognition software? If it's also Nuace (they are quite good at what they do, and have been for years now), then it's the same thing, it will be integrated into the OS sooner or later.

    Or am I missing something here?
  • Prescott_666
    This is vaporware. The "Demo" is clearly staged.

    Go to the Nuance site, and try to find Nina. It isn't there.
  • ojas
    So if i have a recording of the owners voice...
  • bourgeoisdude
    sanctoonI am the system Administrator, my voice is my password, verify me
    Actually that reference makes me realize something. Since smartphones are everywhere, so are recorders...
  • d_kuhn
    "Nina open the door"
    "I don't think so Dave"
  • Tab54o
    why cant we do these things ourselves? I mean you have to sit there and tell it shit. You could have done it faster yourself.