Speech recognition pioneer Novauris purchased by Apple; team now works on Siri
“Apple quietly acquired an automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology company called Novauris Technologies, which grew out of Dragon Systems R&D U.K. Ltd., the British research subsidiary of Dragon Systems, a well-known voice dictation pioneer,” Sarah Perez reports for TechCrunch.
“The acquisition apparently took place last year, but had not been announced. At Apple as of last fall, the team is now working on improving Siri, the speech-based virtual assistant technology that comes pre-installed on Apple’s mobile devices,” Perez reports. “We reached out to Apple for comment. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.”
“The Novauris website doesn’t make any note of the Apple acquisition, but when we rang their U.K. offices, Novauris co-founder Melvyn Hunt answered the phone, ‘Apple,’” Perez reports. “He confirmed that he and the team now work for Apple, and that Novauris itself is no longer an active entity.”
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