Just launched for iOS and Android devices is the voice search platform called Hound, created by SoundHound. The app essentially enables users to serve out various tasks such as searching for flights, or even make a call, with their voice.
The app features voice recognition to enable users to speak sentences naturally into the device and still get accurate results. As an example, users could say “Show me where any hotels are within 10 km’s from me”.
Once a user has asked a question, they can also ask a follow up question related to the same topic. If a user has asked about the hotel, they could follow up with “What about five stars?”.
The Speech-to-Meaning technology that Hound utilises is from the companys Houndify platform, which has been available since December 2015. To start a hands-free search users can say into the device “Ok Hound”, or otherwise tap a button in the app.
To integrate data and API’s into Hound, SoundHound has partnered with app giants Yelp and Uber. Integration with these companies allow users to order an Uber to their destination by speaking and also find detailed results after searching for businesses with the help of Yelp’s data.
The CEO of SoundHound, Keyvan Mohajer said recently in a statement “We believe that using voice to interface with devices will become a widespread user behavior if it is fast and delightful.”