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Nuance opens mobile innovation center in Central Square

Photo taken from Nuance’s website.
Photo taken from Nuance’s website.

Nuance Communications Inc., a Burlington company whose speech recognition technology has shown up in Apple iPhones, Ford automobiles, and Panasonic televisions, said Wednesday that it has opened a mobile innovation center in the Central Square neighborhood of Cambridge.

Consumers may also know Nuance for its DragonNaturally Speaking software.

“The new mobile innovation center is home to the expanding Boston-area segment of Nuance’s R&D team dedicated to advancing breakthroughs in voice recognition, natural language, and user interface technologies that are reinventing the relationship between people and technology,” the company said in a press release.

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In a post earlier this year on Boston.com’s Innovation Economy blog, Scott Kirsner noted that Nuance leased 28,000 square feet of space in Central Square for an office that can house about 175 people. That blog post noted that Nuance acquired Vlingo, a start-up in Harvard Square, in late 2011.

Nuance’s Wednesday press release included a statement from Michael Thompson, executive vice president and general manager of Nuance Mobile.

“Cambridge has a history built on technological innovation and visionary thinking and is the ideal place for Nuance to expand its commitment to mobile technology,” Thompson said. “We’re excited to extend Nuance’s presence to a respected location throughout the technology community, and we’re thrilled to be joining and contributing to the vibrant culture Cambridge has developed over the years.”

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