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Gartner Names Cool Vendor for Smart Machines 2015 - Highlights its Open Speech Recognition and Natural Language Understanding Platform for Apps, Internet of Things (IoT), and Wearable Devices

Annual Cool Vendor report by leading tech research firm Gartner Inc. highlights companies that provide innovative, impactful, and intriguing technologies and solutions

PALO ALTO, Calif. – WEBWIRE, the leader in conversational interfaces for connected devices, has been selected as a Gartner Cool Vendor in Smart Machines for its innovative speech recognition, natural-language processing, and machine learning platform that enables developers to rapidly create conversational interfaces.  

Launched last fall, is the only open, cross-platform platform for developers looking to add Amazon Echo-like conversational functionality to their apps, wearables, and other Internet-connected devices. is powered by a deep data set of over two billion processed speech interactions that hone its ability to decipher meaning from sentences. goes beyond conversation to perform tasks, like giving directions or playing music, by understanding what needs to be done based on what someone has said.

Voice interfaces are a natural way for people to interact with Internet-connected devices. According to BI Intelligence, already 1.9 billion such devices exist, and the market is only poised to grow with nine billion projected by 2018.  

“We already see smart machines and intelligent devices accelerating the evolution of entire industries,” explained Ilya Gelfenbeyn, CEO and founder of “’s recognition by Gartner as a Cool Vendor demonstrates that voice-enabled natural language understanding will determine how people interact with much of the cutting edge technology that is improving our world.”  

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About is the leader in conversational interfaces for connected devices. Developers use its open platform to add natural language understanding, intent recognition, and conversation support to both software and hardware. With over two billion commands processed continuously improves with each command to offer the most complete and cross-platform voice solution available to developers. 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 powers Assistant, an app 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 18 million registered users and 20+ million monthly sessions. It is a top grossing Lifestyle app in the US with over 200,000 paid users. Assistant speaks English, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, German, Italian and French.

About Gartner
Gartner Cool Vendors in Smart Things 2015 was authored by Tom Austin, Kenneth F. Brant, Magnus Revang, Earl Perkins, and Brian Manusama. It was published on April 10, 2015. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product, or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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