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MindMeld for TV Debuts

MindMeld's AI platform for TV lets users control systems with voice interfaces.
Posted May 19, 2016
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MindMeld, a conversational AI company, has unveiled MindMeld for TV to help consumers control their TVs and other smart home electronics through voice interfaces.

"TVs and set-top boxes have had speech recognition for the last four years, but many users dislike the experience that's been notoriously brittle and not very smart," said Tim Tuttle, CEO and founder of MindMeld, in a statement. "With the launch of MindMeld for TV, it is now possible for cable companies and smart-home service providers to create transformative conversational experiences that will delight millions of subscribers."

Features of MindMeld for TV include the following:

  • Advanced AI to understand a wide range of query facets for both video on demand (VOD) and live TV programming content;
  • Pre-integration with the industry's most widely used TV metadata libraries, including Gracenote, which cover more than 6 million movies and TV shows. Built-in smart home language models that enable users to conversationally interact with their smart-home and IoT devices, including programmable thermostats, smart door locks, connected lights, and weather forecast services.
  • Client SDKs to support conversational experiences on a range of connected home devices including the Amazon Echo, smart TVs, and smart set-top boxes.

MindMeld for TV leverages natural language processing technology known as broad-vocabulary language understanding and question answering and combines large-scale machine learning with a proprietary semantic knowledge base to understand millions of possible queries.

"We have seen a massive shift towards intuitive voice commands," said Jack Leeney, US head of investing at Telefonica Ventures, a strategic investor in MindMeld, in a statement. "Users now expect that all connected home devices will have conversational interfaces.  MindMeld is well positioned to fundamentally change forever the way that companies engage with their end-users."

Ankur Prakash, vice president of Liberty Global Ventures, another strategic investor of MindMeld, said, "Voice interface is becoming a critical part of content discovery and user interface. Through our investment relationship with MindMeld, we are exploring how the cable industry can leverage conversational AI to create an intuitive and robust experience that takes content discovery to the next level."

MindMeld for TV is available as an on-premises solution or cloud-based offering.


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