Zappware, a provider of digital TV products for pay-TV operators, has added voice control capability to its end-to-end DVB/IPTV/OTT platform.
Currently, interaction with the TV screen mainly occurs using a physical remote control device. In order to offer a more natural way for interacting with the TV screen, Zappware now offers an additional mechanism based on voice control. Using a microphone built into the remote control device or into mobile devices, end-users can now search for specific content or instruct the TV to play specific content. This results in a more natural and faster way of interacting with content as it avoids the lengthy process of typing in search strings using the remote control device.
The technology for voice recognition is provided by SemanticEdge. The SemanticEdge natural language user interface – NLUI for Smart TV – is an end-to-end solution for integrating Voice Search into existing Smart TV platforms including speech recognition, semantic interpretation, a multi-parameter search engine, view control, metadata handling and processing as well as text-to-speech output.