Hound Brings A New Voice To Virtual Assistants

What Happened
Watch out, Siri! There’s a new virtual assistant on the block and it goes by the name of Hound. After almost 9 months of private testing, SoundHound, a company mostly known for its tune recognition app, is taking Hound out of beta and making the voice-controlled virtual assistant app available on both iOS and Android devices. Similar to Alexa, Amazon Echo’s virtual assistant, Hound comes equipped with deep integrations with third-party services like Uber and Yelp, allowing users to hail a ride or search for well-reviewed restaurants nearby simply by uttering the requests.  

Previously, the company also unveiled the voice service for any app Houndify. As one of the core elements of the Hound app, it allows developers to build apps that sync with the Hound app, and eventually integrate into other connected devices as well.

What Brands Need To Do
As voice-controlled services continue to diversify and proliferate, more and more consumers are starting to talk with their devices, heralding a future where voice-based conversational interfaces play a big role in human-computer interaction. And that is a future that brands need to start adapting to today. Besides seeking integration with Hound, brands interested in adding a voice to their customer communications should also consider using Houndify to bring conversational interfaces to their own platforms and devices.

For more information on how brands can develop authentic brand voices and navigate the new interface, check out the Conversational Interfaces section in our Outlook 2016.


Source: VentureBeat

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SoundHound Launches Houndify To Bring Conversional UI To Other Apps

What Happened
SoundHound, a company mostly known for their Shazam-like music recognition app, has launched Houndify which promises to “add [a] voice enabled conversational interface to anything.” Available to all developers today, Houndify can bring natural language processing and voice command capabilities to other apps and devices – in other words, it will be like a “Siri for hire” to all the other non-voice-activated devices and apps. Better yet, it also promises to work across devices, so your smart coffee maker and your connected car could all be powered by Houndify in the future.

What Brands Need To Do
As more and more consumers start talking to their devices, thanks to the likes of Siri and Amazon Echo, it has become clear that voice-based interfaces will play a big role in tomorrow’s human-computer interaction. Brands can benefit from tools like Houndify to test out voice-activation in their apps, and see if they can develop a unique brand voice.

For example, a retailer may want to add a voice-activated shopping assistant to its mobile app to help guide users through the shopping process. Or an automaker may consider using Houndify to bring conversational UI into its in-car infotainment and navigation system, helping drivers to keep their eyes on the road instead of the dashboard screen. 

Source: TechCrunch