api.ai Democratizes Siri-like Tech for Any Developer Building Wearables and IoT Devices with New Launch
Enables developers to program apps and devices to understand custom voice commands, support conversations and respond intelligently Today, api.ai the leader in conversational interfaces for connected devices, expands its natural language understanding and intelligent intent response platform to the Internet of Things (IoT) and wearables like smartwatches, making its out-of-the-box artificial intelligence voice solutions easy to integrate with virtually any IoT device. Voice control is the easiest way for consumers to engage devices, especially those without screens. api.ai gives developers simple and easy-to-use tools to create custom Siri or Amazon Echo-like voice controls for multiple knowledge domains that can be deployed in 24 hours. Watch this video to see how quick and easy it is to develop api.ai for IoT devices and wearables. For the first time ever, developers can now:
- Respond to a variety of requests specific to their uses cases and customer experiences because api.ai already understands how to follow orders relating to the smart home, device control, media, and more
- Sync ongoing conversations across devices for a cohesive user experience, without being constrained by each mobile OS voice platform (i.e. Siri vs. Ok Google vs. Cortana)
- Build their products with direct feedback on how people are actually using these new products; api.ai’s open data logs and feedback loops provide practical insight into unanticipated trends so developers can continually optimize the user experience
- Engage consumers globally with full support for 13 languages including Chinese, English French, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish
- Leverage popular platforms and coding languages including iOS, Android, HTML, Cordova, Python, C#, Xamarin, and Unity with native SDKs
Until now, developing a voice solution was available only to companies with armies of engineers working for years on end. Not anymore. Backed with data from over two billion voice commands, api.ai is the largest open natural language and intent response platform available to any company interested in creating their own custom voice solution and voice user interface. Natural language understanding allows connected devices to become smart devices by deciphering meaning from verbal directions, and alongside voice recognition, is a powerful technology that, like Siri or Amazon Echo, enables machines to hear, understand, and respond to human speech.
Voice is the easiest and most intuitive way of getting something done and is an essential part of the consumer experience in wearables and the IoT. Recent research from the App Developers Alliance has shown that ease of use and overall convenience are the top factors influencing purchasing decisions for connected devices. Voice search, which Google recently found a majority teens now use multiple times each day, is one use case.
For example, while driving home, you could say to your smartwatch:
Person : It’s very dark here.
Smart Home: Let’s turn on the light then.
Person : Turn it to romantic mode.
Smart Home: Ooh, I see. Here it is.
Person : Still too bright.
Smart Home: Taking it to the minimum.
Person : Same in the kitchen.
Smart Home: Lights in the kitchen are on.
Person : Turn on the heating there as well.
Smart Home: Thermostat is on for the kitchen only.
“We created api.ai because we saw a glaring need for budding entrepreneurs and big companies alike to have completely open and flexible access to features that products like Siri or Amazon Echo provide,” said Ilya Gelfenbeyn, CEO and founder of api.ai . “We’re on a mission to simplify and transform how people interact with connected devices. We’ve been perfecting our platform since 2010 and are excited to now empower hardware and software developers to create better apps, build smarter wearables, and transform the IoT with simpler and more intuitive customer experiences.”
Developers and companies interested in joining a community of over 5,000 and building on api.ai can learn more here: api.ai .
api.ai is the leader in conversational interfaces for connected devices. Its open platform enables natural language understanding and intelligent intent response, offering accessibility and voice commands to both software and hardware. With over two billion commands processed, the platform understands human speech and continuously improves with each command to offer the most complete, and refined natural language understanding platform available to developers. api.ai is used by some of the world’s foremost connected device companies, including manufacturers, telecommunications companies, software designers, and hardware startups to build their own voice-enabled products. Learn more at api.ai .
api.ai powers Assistant , an app that launched in 2011 for mobile phones and tablets which answers questions in natural language, performs tasks, and efficiently connects users to popular web services. The app has over 15 million registered users and 20+ million monthly sessions. It is a top grossing Lifestyle app in the US with over 175,000 paid users. Assistant speaks English, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, German, Italian and French.
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