Nuance, the company behind Dragon Naturally Speaking software and more, have taken smartphone security and convenience to the next level. Supposedly, their new Dragon ID app actually allows you to talk to your phone and unlock it with your voice instead of monkeying around with lengthy passwords or complicated swipe gestures. It supposedly does (or will do in the future) more than just that though. Apparently it will allow separate users access as long as their Dragon ID is established on the device. Additionally, in a video demo provided by the company, the software practically acts like a virtual assistant, ala Siri. You can see a demo above of some of the features of this app, although not all the functionality shown may be useable just yet.

It's amazing to see how far things have come for smartphones and tablets in such a short time. Here's the full press release below followed by a source link for more info.

Burlington, Mass. – June 5, 2012 – Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced Dragon ID, Nuance’s voice biometrics technology that lets people quickly and easily unlock mobile devices and consumer electronics just by using their voice. Dragon ID enables manufacturers to secure and personalize access to phones, tablets, apps and PCs with a simple spoken word or phrase.

People rely on their mobile devices and tablets to hold contact information, text messages, work and personal emails, notes and photos, confidential documents. To access devices, people rely on cumbersome passcodes and pins – or worse – nothing at all. According to a recent consumer survey by Nuance, 96% of respondents stated they often make mistakes typing their passwords on their mobile phones.

With Dragon ID, people can “forget” their passwords and simply create a spoken password or passphrase, offering a secure and convenient way to “wake-up” and access devices. For instance, just saying “Hello Dragon” can securely turn on a device and instantly launch a personalized home screen with favorite apps and content – even on shared devices like tablets or PCs.

Dragon ID brings even more intelligence to a device by enabling it to know who you are by the sound of your voice, or more specifically, your voiceprint. In fact, Nuance’s voice biometrics authentication technology is already relied upon by the world’s leading enterprises, carriers, banks and government institutions, with over 20 million voiceprints enrolled globally.

“Consumer devices and the experiences they deliver are incredibly personal – and with that comes a need for greater security,” said Michael Thompson, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Mobile. “Nuance’s innovative Dragon ID further humanizes the mobile experience, leveraging a person’s unique voice to secure and access their device, and keeping the content they rely on each day private and personal.”

Availability

Dragon ID is available for consumer device OEMs, initially supporting English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Korean for Android and other platforms, with additional language availability in 2012.

Dragon ID joins Dragon Dictation, Dragon Go!, Dragon TV and Dragon Drive! as the latest innovation in Nuance Mobile’s expansive voice and natural language portfolio. To learn more, visit Your Mobile Life. Simplified. | Nuance Mobile Life.

About Nuance Communications, Inc

Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) is a leading provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with devices and systems. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications. For more information, please visit Nuance - Home.

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Source: Your Mobile Life. Simplified. | Nuance Mobile Life