Nuance Communications

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Nuance is a U.S.-based multinational computer software technology corporation, headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, United States, on the outskirts of Boston, that provides speech recognition, and artificial intelligence.wikipedia
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PaperPort

In March 1992, a new company called Visioneer, Inc. was founded to develop scanner hardware and software products, such as a sheetfed scanner called PaperMax and the document management software PaperPort.
PaperPort is commercial document management software published by Nuance Communications, used for working with scanned documents,

Dragon NaturallySpeaking

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During the late 1990s and into the 2000s, Nuance competed against other NLSR vendors including Dragon, Philips SpeechPearl, SpeechWorks and other smaller players which were typically geographically focused, such as Vocalis in the UK which used proprietary PCI cards with DSPs on board to improve the efficiency and density of the system.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking (also known as Dragon for PC, or DNS) is a speech recognition software package developed by Dragon Systems of Newton, Massachusetts, which was acquired first by Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products and later by Nuance Communications, formerly known as ScanSoft.

OmniPage

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Prior to 2001, ScanSoft focused primarily on desktop imaging software such as TextBridge, PaperPort and OmniPage.
Caere was acquired by ScanSoft in 2000.

SpeechWorks

During the late 1990s and into the 2000s, Nuance competed against other NLSR vendors including Dragon, Philips SpeechPearl, SpeechWorks and other smaller players which were typically geographically focused, such as Vocalis in the UK which used proprietary PCI cards with DSPs on board to improve the efficiency and density of the system.
ScanSoft (now Nuance Communications) acquired SpeechWorks in 2003.

Speech recognition

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This permitted the use of the system, so-called speaker-independent natural-language speech recognition (abbreviated as SI-NLSR or just NLSR), for call automation.
The speech technology from L&H was bought by ScanSoft which became Nuance in 2005.

Siri

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Siri is an application that combines speech recognition with advanced natural-language processing.
Its speech recognition engine was provided by Nuance Communications, and Siri uses advanced machine learning technologies to function.

Dictaphone

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It is now a division of Nuance Communications based in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Ray Kurzweil

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The original ScanSoft had its roots in Kurzweil Computer Products.
Kurzweil sold his Kurzweil Computer Products to Xerox, where it was known as Xerox Imaging Systems, later known as Scansoft, and he functioned as a consultant for Xerox until 1995.

IBM ViaVoice

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Its key advantage over technologies such as ViaVoice was that the system did not need training for the specific speaker.
In 2003, IBM awarded ScanSoft, which owned the competitive product Dragon NaturallySpeaking, exclusive global distribution rights to ViaVoice Desktop products for Windows and Mac OS X. Two years later, Nuance merged with ScanSoft.

T9 (predictive text)

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T9 is a predictive text technology for mobile phones (specifically those that contain a 3×4 numeric keypad), originally developed by Tegic Communications, now part of Nuance Communications.

Lernout & Hauspie

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Beginning with the December 2001 acquisition of Lernout & Hauspie, the company moved into the speech recognition business and began to compete with Nuance.
After the bankruptcy, Nuance Communications (known then as ScanSoft) acquired all of the speech technologies.

Visioneer

Visioneer, Inc.
In March 1992, a new company called Visioneer, Inc. was founded to develop scanner hardware and software products, such as a sheetfed scanner called PaperMax and the document management software PaperPort. ScanSoft was a Xerox spin-off that was bought in 1999 by Visioneer, a hardware and software scanner company, which adopted ScanSoft as the new merged company name.
* Nuance Communications - ScanSoft and Nuance Communications merged in 2005.

SRI International

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Nuance was founded in 1994 as a spin-off of SRI International's Speech Technology and Research (STAR) Laboratory to commercialize the speaker-independent speech recognition technology developed for the US government at SRI.
Working with investment and venture capital firms, SRI and its former employees have launched more than 60 spin-off ventures in a wide range of fields, including Siri (acquired by Apple), Tempo AI (acquired by Salesforce.com), Redwood Robotics (acquired by Google), Desti (acquired by HERE), Grabit, Kasisto, Artificial Muscle, Inc. (acquired by Bayer MaterialScience), Nuance Communications, Intuitive Surgical, Ravenswood Solutions, and Orchid Cellmark.

SpinVox

SpinVox was a start-up company that is now a subsidiary of global speech technology company Nuance Communications, an American multinational computer software technology corporation, headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, United States on the outskirts of Boston, that provides speech and imaging applications.

Swype

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In October 2011, Swype Inc. was acquired by Nuance Communications where the company continued its development and implemented its speech recognition algorithm, Dragon Dictation.

SVOX

SVOX was acquired by Nuance Communications in 2011.

Loquendo

On 30 September 2011, Nuance announced that it had acquired Loquendo.

MacSpeech

On February 12, 2010, Nuance Communications, Inc. acquired MacSpeech.

PerSay

In 2010 the company was sold for an undisclosed amount (estimated at 10M-20M USD) to Nuance Communications.

Zi Corporation

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Text entry on devices with limited number of keys was early subject to a number of software patents, and Zi was engaged in several costly patent disputes with Tegic Corporation, later Nuance Communications.

Vlingo

Vlingo was acquired by speech recognition giant Nuance Communications in 2012.

Optical character recognition

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Xerox eventually spun it off as Scansoft, which merged with Nuance Communications.

Jott

As of July 14, 2009, the company was purchased by Nuance Communications.

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