Nuance Buys Philips Speech

Nuance Communications, the Burlington, Mass.-based speech recognition company, has acquired Philips Speech Recognition Systems, a business unit of Royal Philips Electronics specialized in the European healthcare industry, according to MocoNews.

“The acquisition defers from other recent acquisitions in the mobile space, including SNAPin, which develops customer service software for mobile phones, and a failed attempt at buying SMS technology company Zi Corp.”

Nuance said in a statement that this latest acquisition will allow it to deliver speech-driven clinical documentation and communication solutions to healthcare organizations throughout Europe, according to the article. There’s been lots of under-the-radar action in voice-to-text and speech recognition services on mobile platforms. We’re keeping an eye on this, mainly to see if any of the technology makes its way to consumer cell phone user interfaces.