New tech could let you wake up your sleeping smartphone with your voice

Nuance Speech Recognition

The torturous days when smartphone users suffered through having to push buttons to wake up their smartphones may soon be over. MIT’s Technology Review blog reports that speech recognition software company Nuance Communications (NUAN), which is best known for its Dragon NaturallySpeaking software, is developing technology that would let users wake their sleeping smartphones just by speaking to them. Specifically, Technology Review says that Nuance is working with “a number of” chip manufacturers to design a chipset that wakes smartphones up instantly upon hearing voice commands. The company’s goal is to have some version of the technology available in “a year or two.”

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