Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Hound promises to better understand what you tell your smartphone to do

Do you love interacting with your smartphone using your voice? Do you hate finding out just how stupid the current digital assistants are, proving to be useless as soon as you stray a bit from the formal inquiry formats they're expecting? Well, maybe it's time to try out this new Hound app.

Hound is a digital assistant created by SoundHound and Midomi creator, Keyvan Mohajer. And apparently, it is capable of sending Siri and Google's assistant running back to school. Just try asking your smartphone for something like: "What is the population of capital of the country in which Space Needle is located?" ou "How many days are there between the day after tomorrow and three days before the second Thursday of November in 2022?"

These are questions that will make the current batch of digital assistants go into overdrive and answer something completely unrelated (not even the amazing Wolfram can sort it out), but which Hound can answer - proving we're probably witnessing the birth of something really great.

And if that wasn't sufficiently amazing by itself, Hound can do this even faster than Siri or Google handle voice queries, making us feel like we're actually in a "future" where machines can understand us. No surprise that Kevyan hopes for his technology one day to be used everywhere, not only in smartphones but in all sorts of devices.

... Most likely, he'll end up grabbed by Google or Apple or Microsoft... :)

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