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Turn Your Website into a Knowledge Graph With Custom Field Mapping!

October 20, 2014

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Knowledge graphs are the essence of intelligent search. With our new custom field mapping feature, you can take advantage of this rich semantic technology by turning your website into a knowledge graph full of millions of entities. As a result, the quality of your search results are amplified because we can encapsulate more of the meaning behind your content.

Custom field mapping lets you tell our semantic crawlers how to extract any piece of information from any website that you choose. To use the feature, you first have to analyze your website and develop a piece of code, or fieldmap. You then upload the fieldmap to our Crawl Manager, which will tell our crawlers how to extract the data from your website.

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Expect Labs Must-Reads: Link Roundup for the Week of October 13th, 2014

October 13, 2014

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Today marks the third installment of our link roundup series! Browse through the articles below and let us know if we’re missing any that caught your eye. Happy reading!

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Speech recognition technology has improved by leaps and bounds over the past twenty years. Find out what the first consumer speech recognition system was like in our eighth tech fact: 

Tech Fact #8: In 1990, Dragon came out with the first commercial speech recognition product — DragonDictate. At the time, it cost a hefty $9,000 for each user license. Since DragonDictate was based on a trigram model, users not only had to clearly enunciate, but also pause between every single word. 

Double up on your speech recognition history with last week’s tech trivia

Take Your Search to the Next Level With Highlighting!

October 08, 2014

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Our highlighting feature now supports user-defined custom field highlighting! With this upgrade, you can help your users better understand why we’re showing certain results by highlighting text from any search query. Highlighting allows your users to see why specific documents are appearing, while also directing them to the most relevant results at hand.

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A Quick Guide to Web Components

October 07, 2014

Web Components are a new set of standards that are revolutionizing the way we build applications. Untangle the mystery behind this exciting technology with our very own Swaraj Banerjee.

Keep up with Swaraj in his previous video series on how to get started with Charles Web Debugging Proxy.

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Expect Labs Must-Reads: Link Roundup for the Week of October 6th, 2014

October 06, 2014

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We recently rolled out a new blog series that brings attention to our favorite reads from the previous week. The articles are a fun way to explore themes that are related to our work, and are also meant to stir up discussions among our fan base. We hope you enjoy them!

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A Voice-Powered Internet of Things: Expect Labs at Gigaom’s Structure Connect 2014!

October 03, 2014

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The MindMeld API was created to revolutionize the way people experience their devices. So it makes us extremely proud to be named a winner of this year’s Garage@Connect competition, which celebrates the products and solutions that are shaping our connected future. As part of the honor, we’ll be showing off our solution for a new generation of intelligent voice interfaces at Gigaom’s 7th annual Structure Connect conference.

According to Gigaom, the Internet of Things is a new “era of disruption not seen since the beginning of the web.” The objective of the event is to make sense of these exciting changes, namely in regards to privacy, business models, security, and the connected home. Executives from Whirlpool, Jawbone, Sonos, SmartThings, Google, and many other organizations, will give their input on how to spearhead innovation through IoT technologies.

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The very first speech recognition “fail” happened with the vocoder, an instrument invented by Bell Labs back in 1928. The vocoder distorted a person’s voice by spreading its frequencies out over different channels and then piecing it back together on the other end. If anyone tried to intercept a message, they would hear just static noise. 

Learn more about the vocoder in our seventh tech fact:

Tech Fact #7: The vocoder, or voice operated recorder, was one of the first machines that could distort human speech. In a 1950s demonstration of the device, the vocoder played back the phrase, “how to recognize speech,” yet it sounded more like, “how to wreck a nice beach.” The garbled phrase lives on as one of the most famous examples of inaccuracy with speech technology.

Pair with this previous tech fact on the origins of the word “robot.”

When Should a Developer Voice-Enable Their Apps?

October 01, 2014

Is voice the missing link in your applications? Hear our CEO describe the four scenarios where voice search could take your projects to the next level.

Grab a free MindMeld developer account and start building apps today!

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"The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it." — Mark Weiser, 1991

Mark Weiser is remembered as the father of ubiquitous computing, a term that describes a state when technology is so integrated into our lives that it becomes nearly invisible. Weiser coined the phrase back in 1988, and came up with four principles that illustrated this new way of looking at technology:

  • The purpose of a computer is to help you do something else.
  • The best computer is a quiet, invisible servant.
  • The more you can do by intuition the smarter you are; the computer should extend your unconscious.
  • Technology should create calm.

Read up on his vision of tech that can “lead to true calm and comfort” in Weiser’s 1996 essay that he co-wrote with John Seely Brown.

Expect Labs Must-Reads: Link Roundup for the Week of September 29th, 2014

September 29, 2014

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We’re constantly coming across thought-provoking articles, videos, and blog posts about themes that we think our readers would enjoy. Here are our top picks from the past few weeks:

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From the Jetsons to the Terminator, robots have come to represent both cutesy assistants and dangerous assassins leading to the fall of the human race. Get a rundown on the origins of this loaded word in our sixth tech fact:

Tech Fact #6: Czech writer Karel Čapek invented the word “robot” in his 1920 play, R.U.R, which stood for Rossum’s Universal Robots. “Robot” stems from the Czech word for “work,” and it was the first word to describe the concept of an artificial person.  In the play, one of the human characters states that once you have a robot, “you will be free and supreme; you will have no other task, no other work, no other cares than to perfect your own being.”

Continue your tech trivia game with last week’s installment.

Build an Android App That Listens

September 24, 2014

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Transform your Android apps through voice! Our Android SDK now gives you the ability to voice-enable your apps, leaving your users with a more natural way to discover and interact with your content.  

MindMeld automatically integrates with Google’s speech-to-text API, so all the hard work is already taken care of. Browse through our MM.Listener documentation to get started, where you’ll get a play-by-play on how to add speech recognition to your apps with MindMeld. 

Click here for a video overview of our Android SDK.

Expect Labs at SpeechTEK 2014: Talk on Phonetic vs. Word-Based Speech Analytics

September 23, 2014

Is a couple legally married if they say “eye dew” instead of “I do?” Get a healthy dose of speech recognition knowledge with our Research Director’s talk from SpeechTEK 2014.

Keep up with our own Marsal Gavaldà in his previous video on the evolution of personal assistants.

An API Explorer Worth Exploring

September 22, 2014

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Many developers have said that the API Explorer is one of their favorite tools since it allows them to visualize all of the features supported by MindMeld. We’ve taken that feedback to heart and recently released a sharpened version of the tool. The API Explorer is now faster, more intuitive, and has even more support for API calls.

To begin exploring, first log in to your developer account. Once you’re logged in, click on your username and you’ll be directed to your management console.

Once there, click on the app you’d like to explore, and then scroll down to “Launch API Explorer.” This will open it up in a new tab. You’re now all set to start playing with the tool!

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