January 21, 2013
Smart Assistant Listens to You Talk, Fetches Info Automatically
Apple’s voice-activated assistant Siri works by pulling up information that a person asks for. MIT Technolog Review reports on a startup called Expect Labs which is skipping the asking step.
The 10-person company is developing what it calls an “always-on Siri”—a technology that listens to a phone call between two or more people, interprets the conversation as it happens, and brings up what it thinks is useful information.
In the next few weeks, the San Francisco-based company plans to launch its first product, MindMeld, an iPad app for making video and voice calls. It also intends to license its “anticipatory computing” engine to businesses this year, and this could give speech apps on tablets, phones, car dashboards, and elsewhere new capabilities.
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