Api.ai expands voice control platform to work with smart connected devices and the IoT


Voice control technology company api.ai has announced its software has been expanded to include support for smart home, wearables, and other devices related to the Internet of Things. The software was previously available for use on smartphones, before the API was initially opened up late last year.

The company promises that its system is so easy to use, that Siri-style voice controls can be added to an app and deployed in just 24-hours. Natural language voice control is considered to be an essential part of smart home and other connected devices, and api.ai provides the largest open natural language and intent response platform that’s publicly available.

Api.ai’s natural language voice control system now operates with IoT hardware

Cleverly, the api.ai voice controls can be allocated to a particular use case, so it understands that commands are related to that event, and not a different or more general one. For example, it’ll understand if the app is controlling smart lighting, making commands faster. Conversations are synced across devices to make the user experience more cohesive, and open data logs let developers gain insight into how it’s being used.

The platform recognizes 13 different languages at this time, including English, Chinese, French, Spanish, and Korean. The platform began life in 2010 and has been evolving ever since. It’s now home to a community of more than 5,000 developers. You can find out more by visiting the company’s website here.