Hound - The Smartest Virtual Assitant Ever

Posted: Mar 1 2016, 9:15am CST | by , in News | Technology News

Hound - the Smartest Virtual Assitant Ever
Photo Credit: SoundHound

Keyvan Mohajer and the team at Hound came up with a free voice assistant app that is going to be released today (Tuesday) that might just knock Siri out of the game, at least according to Tech Insider.

"What is the population and capital for Japan and China and their areas in square miles and square kilometers and also tell me how many people live in India and what is the area code for Germany, France, and Italy," Mohajer asks his Android phone. The phone spits out the answer immediately.

Now, if you were to ask Siri that, you probably wouldn't get a response or you'd get something along the lines of "I didn't quite get that. Can you repeat it?"

SoundHound has been a popular feature for many people, because of its Shazam-like ability to recognize music. However, Hound was the original intent of the company, and now it is coming to life.

Mohajer thinks that voice control is going to be the newest frontier for technology, and he wants Hound to be at the center of everything. The product uses "speech-to-text learning" to help it computer questions. It works so quickly because the device does everything at once instead of first trying to translate what you say into common phrases.

This is extremely complex, but they were able to do it in a way that works.

For example, if you ask Siri for the time, you have to specify where like saying, "What time is it in New York City?" You won't need to qualify with Hound. It can even calculate things like the mortgage on a home, which is great for people who don't know how to do all of the math.

The difference is that Hound has been created to understand context. It is like you are actually having a conversation with a person. You can refine questions, sort answers, and even get honest reviews with Hound. It acts like a filter so that you can look for a hotel in Boston for two nights in May that cost between 200 and 400 dollars and have a business center. And then Hound will sort the answers or take out hotels that allow pets, for instance.

Hound can also tell you about your flight status, traffic conditions, history answers, TV schedules, sports scores, cost estimates with Uber, locations, directions, and so much more.

Hound first debuted as a beta app for Android in June 2015 to about 1,000 beta testers. Over 300,000 people competed for spots.

Hound uses 110 total data partners, including Yelp, Uber, and Expedia.

Mohajer says that they aren't done and want to continue improving every object we us: "We want to be everywhere," he says. "In a few years you will be talking to everything around you. And it will be powered by us."

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