Nuance Acquires Vlingo to Provide New Interactive Voice and Language Solutions

Diction and voice recognition software maker Nuance has announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Vlingo, reports PCWorld.

Nuance, which offers interactive voice and language solutions, said the acquisition will allow it to offer next generation intelligent voice recognition and voice activated solutions which let consumers get things done just by speaking to the device.

Vlingo, which is backed by Charles River Ventures, Sigma Partners, Yahoo! and AT&T, offers a Virtual Assistant capable of turning users' words into action using a combination of voice to text and language processing technologies.

The company also offers the Intent Engine platform which works by guessing user intent and take action accordingly.

"Inspired by the introduction of services such as Apple's Siri and our own Dragon Go!, virtually every mobile and consumer electronics company on the planet is looking for ways to integrate natural, conversational voice interactions into their mobile products, applications, and services, " said Mike Thompson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Nuance Mobile.

"By acquiring Vlingo, we are able to accelerate the pace of innovation to meet this demand," he added.