We’ll be strutting our stuff at this year’s API World! The event is aptly named - it’s the world’s largest conference solely dedicated to providing developers with the best API solutions available. The 2014 conference will feature innovative APIs along with workshops on data visualization, API design and strategy, and other areas intended to give both developers and providers a leg up. A wide range of API categories will be represented, including communications, the Internet of Things, data, infrastructure, health, and many more.
Our team will be exhibiting in the main Expo Hall throughout the conference, and we’d love to meet you. If you’re a Bay Area-based developer, swing by our booth, learn more about the MindMeld API, and snag some swag! We’ll also be giving a talk on Wednesday, September 17th at 12:55 pm on the Main Stage.
Have you ever reached for your smartphone to run a quick price check while shopping? You’re not alone. More and more consumers are turning to their mobile devices to comparison shop while on the go. However, the combination of clunky menus, enormous product offerings, and tiny screens make mobile shopping a painful experience. The path to the right product is muddled with endless pinching, zooming, and headaches.
There’s help on the way. Today, we’re releasing a new solution to put an end to your comparison shopping nightmares. The MindMeld API lets any developer set up an intuitive shopping experience in their apps and websites by harnessing the power of intelligent voice search. Try out a quick demo right here.
SAN FRANCISCO - August 27, 2014 - Consumers are increasingly relying on their mobile devices to comparison shop in-store. Today’s smartest shoppers routinely consult mobile shopping apps and websites to find product information and track down the best price before making a purchase.
In a world with large product catalogs and small smartphone screens, however, navigating to the right product can often be a cumbersome task — especially while scouring the aisles. Even with the best mobile shopping apps, the smart shopper must often drop their shopping bags to tap through numerous menus or type a search with two hands. For any serious shopper on a mission, this dystopian reality is entirely insufferable.
Avid fans of science fiction already know the solution to this problem: spoken voice commands can provide a much more efficient way for shoppers to quickly find product information when on-the-go. While the technical capabilities to make this possible have finally arrived, developers eager to create these new voice-driven experiences still face formidable challenges.
By Timothy Tuttle, Founder & CEO of Expect Labs
For centuries, the four-minute mile was the height of athletic achievement. Roger Bannister turned that apex on its head in 1954 when he completed the mile in three minutes and 59.4 seconds. Similarly, the Turing Test has been the high-water mark in the artificial intelligence community for the past six decades. The latest development occurred on June 8th, when a chatbot disguised as a 13-year-old Ukrainian teen passed the test. 33% of judges were shocked to learn that this quirky guy named Eugene Goostman had a heart not made of gold, but computer code.
Another artificially intelligent program has entered the scene, leaving many computer scientists scratching their heads about its implications. Some were hung up on the technicalities of Goostman’s achievements, claiming that the event was too calculated to merit a passing grade. This analysis misses the mark. Today’s systems are intelligent, intricate, and overflowing with more advanced computing power than ever before. As a result, we now need to decide if Turing’s age-old assessment is still a useful barometer of a machine’s intelligence.
Advanced speech technologies are just some of the many ingredients that make our API capable of voice-enabling practically anything. As a result of our work in this area, we’ve been honored with one of fifteen “Star Performer” awards by Speech Technology magazine along with Nuance, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft.
The 8th annual Speech Industry Awards “represent the most innovative speech technology companies across the entire market,” and allows both large and more specialized companies to be recognized for their achievements. This year’s awards celebrates the strides made in intelligent assistant technology, wearables, voice search, natural language, visual IVR, and analytics. We’re absolutely thrilled to be included with other luminaries in the speech technologies field.
To read the full awards announcement, click here.
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Our MindMeld-powered Voice Navigator makes it a cinch for users to search your website using natural language. Once you enable the widget, our platform works hard to orchestrate easy search and discovery of your content. The great part about adding the Voice Navigator to your site is that all the complicated stuff is already taken care of, including:
Another useful aspect of the Voice Navigator is its extensive customization features. By personalizing the CSS of both the widget itself and the content cards, you can match the style of your pre-existing website and at the same time display your content any way you’d like.
How can intelligent assistants enhance the quality of our lives? Get some insights at the inaugural Intelligent Assistants Conference on September 16th in San Francisco. The conference, backed by Opus Research, will explore the multiple ways personal assistant technology is revolutionizing our world, from customer service to the connected home. Since intelligent assistants enable users to access immense amounts of data just by asking simple questions, it opens up quite a few themes for discussion. A few of the topics that will be delved into include real-world applications, new opportunities for businesses, and a snapshot of key players in the field.
Simple user authentication should be simple. That’s why we’ve created a new help video with step-by-step instructions on how to write a server that can securely authenticate the MindMeld API.
If you missed it, check out this screencast on how to get up and running with the Ranking Dashboard.