Hot: Windows 8 Ultrabooks Get Voice Command Feature

Intel recently showed off an Apple Siri like voice command feature that will be found on ultrabooks running Windows 8.

Intel Introduces Voice command in Ultrabooks via Nuance Dragon Speech recognition

Intel Shows Off Siri-Like Voice Command Feature For Ultrabooks

An Intel executive commented about a Siri-like voice command feature coming to Windows 8 ultrabooks and told the press that it will post the OS’ launch later this year. Windows 8 is scheduled to be released on October 26.

David Perlmutter, general manager Intel Architecture group, said the company had tied up with popular speech recognition experts Nuance. Nuance is known to many for its speech recognition app Dragon Assistant. Nuance is not new to this kind of collaboration either. The company has already worked with Microsoft and Ford to bring about the voice activated features of the latest Ford vehicles. So they should not have a problem adding their speech recognition to Ultrabooks. When combined with the touch capabilities of Windows 8, it is going to bring about a user experience that is similar to the smartphones and tablets of our time.

He also said it will bring about an end to the speculations that suggest touch is the end of all innovation. He argued that it’s just the beginning (of a new era in design). He spoke toe press gathered at the Intel Developer Forum being held in San Francisco.

The demo was pretty straightforward with an Intel employee talking to a Dell XPS Ultrabook. He asked the device to perform web searches, play music and even look for sunglasses on Amazon. When the Ultrabook was asked to tweet the Amazon link, a mechanical female voice rang back asking “What would you like to say about this link?”

Perlmutter said unlike Apple’s implementation, this feature is not cloud dependent. It is running natively on the system itself and is CPU intensive — which might be a problem for those who are in to heavy computing.

Ultrabook is an Intel brand that has been developed as a benchmark by the chipmaker to encourage manufacturers to build devices that are competitive enough to stand against the likes of the MacBook Air.

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