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Nuance Unveils Swype and Dragon Mobile Assistant for Smartwatches

For users of smartwatches, text input is usually handled completely by voice dictation, given that the screens are quite small and people’s fingers would have a hard time hitting the correct keys. In some cases, privacy is a concern, and you never know who could listening in on your conversation. For those people, Nuance announced Swype for smartwatches during CES this week in Las Vegas, allowing installers to use their fingers for text input, just like on a full-size smartphone. 

On top of Swype for smartwatches, Nuance is also unveiling Dragon Mobile Assistant for wearables, a helpful assistant built right into your watch. With it, you can perform Shazam-like actions, by asking “What song is this?” And since it’s Nuance, we are hoping the software is smart enough to be actually useful.

Nuance will also be demonstrating new Dragon Mobile Assistant features that facilitate music discovery and home automation as part of the wearable device experience. Through the utilization of music recognition technology from Gracenote, Nuance is making it easier than ever to identify songs playing, discover hot new artists and connect to music services.  Hear a song playing you like, just say “Hello Dragon, what song is this?” and using Gracenote technology and metadata, Dragon Mobile Assistant will identify the artist, album and track. From there, wearable device users can launch playlists from popular Cloud-music services.

Down below, PC Pro from the UK was able to check out Swype on a Galaxy Gear watch, and surprisingly, it looks good and seems to operate quite well.

Smartwatch owners, you grabbing this when its available?

Via: Nuance
  • HarvesterX

    Awesome! Dragon gets to enter into more of my life. Their 5 minute long commercials on the Science channel is bad enough. Yes we all know that grandmother’s grandson has problems putting pencil to paper lol.

    I still can’t see wearing one of these over a decent $250+- Citizen or something. Class (even if I am poor)

    • GameChanger

      A little Red state Repub kid saying why we need wars to defend our freedom. Because no one in the Red State knows the word Diplomacy, that keeps us from wars in the first place. Guess it’s geared towards dumb red state children who parents don’t educate their kids and think its up to everyone else to educate their child, then blame liberals for how stupid their kids are later in life.

  • DJyoSNOW

    My experience with swype and the dragon text to speak was it needed a internet connection…. So like goggle to not need internet would be a move in the right direction. (That is all)

    • HarvesterX

      I was expecting you to say how if Dragon can understand your Texan accent, that it will work for anybody. And start talking about being a forensics crime scene whatever…lol

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    it’s not like we are going to browse the web on watches. The keyboard is too much. But some form of input was needed.

  • loony2nz

    It’s been awhile, but we’ve finally made it Dick Tracy!

  • Grayson Carr

    This is ridiculous. They really are trying to turn devices like the Gear into smartphone replacements. It would be so much easier to just pull out your smartphone if you need to type something. I prefer the Pebble approach of trying to augment your smartphone instead of replace it.

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    Even with swype, it seems like it would be easier to talk