Philips updates microphone for Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking

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Royal Philips Electronics will equip its dictation microphone SpeechMike with SpeechControl, allowing SpeechMike to be used with Nuance's Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech recognition program.

Nuance acquired Philips Speech Recognition Systems in October 2008, adding SpeechMagic to its existing portfolio of original equipment manufacturer solutions, which include Dragon Medical SDK and PowerScribe SDK.

The microphone's function buttons have also been programmed with frequent speech recognition commands, allowing users to start a recording, move the cursor or correct passages at the press of a button, according to the company. Users can also adapt the device to their preferences by assigning functions to various buttons. SpeechControl also supports configuration of the USB foot switch from Philips for use with Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

Phillips said this is part of its strategy to integrate digital speech processing solutions into the workflows of document-critical sectors and to re-establish dictation as a productivity and process.