Nuance’s Dragon ID lets you unlock your phone by voice


Gigaom

Updated. In the last few months, Nuance Communications(s nuan) has launched Dragon TV, Dragon Drive and even an Android version of Dragon Go, its Siri-like Semantic search app. Now we have a new Dragon to contend with: Dragon ID, a voice identification application that allows you to unlock your phone with your larynx.

While typical phone unlocking programs require tapping in a short code or tracing a pattern on screen, Nuance’s technology uses two layers of security: biometrics, which recognizes your unique “voice imprint,” and a password or pass phrase – which in this case is spoken not typed, said Kenneth Harper, Senior Product Manager, Nuance. Nuance has been selling the technology for years to businesses and governments for use in their own biometric security systems – with 20 million voice prints on file – but this is the first time it’s offering up its technology to consumer phones…

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