Expect Labs Analyzes Conversations in Real Time

Expect Labs, a technology startup based in San Francisco, came out of stealth mode today to announce the upcoming availability of its first product, MindMeld, a group voice and video calling app for the iPad. MindMeld can analyze and understand conversations in real-time to anticipate information someone might need during the call. MindMeld proactively finds and displays relevant information during conversations so callers can jog their memories, share important facts on the fly, and brainstorm more effectively.

Expect Labs created MindMeld as the first demonstration of its underlying technology platform, called the Anticipatory Computing Engine. Designed to fundamentally change the way we have conversations, this platform continuously analyzes multi-party discussions in real time to extract their underlying meaning. Using advanced language modeling and analysis, this platform can understand the past 10 minutes of a conversation to predict the information callers might need in the next 10 seconds. It then proactively finds and displays relevant information from the social graph or across the Web so callers are never without the facts they might need.

"In just a few years, computing devices will be everywhere: in your hand, on the table in front of you, on the wall next to you, and even in your glasses. In this world, the way you find information changes fundamentally. Today, you run a search, get a result, and are done. Tomorrow, our computing devices will pay attention continuously, anticipate what information might be relevant, and be ready at a moment's notice to give you the exact information you need," said Expect Labs CEO and co-founder Timothy Tuttle in a statement. "Expect Labs is building a new class of technology which is designed to enable this future."

MindMeld is currently in closed beta, but is expected to be available for download in October as a first-of-its-kind voice calling app for the iPad. Later this year, Expect Labs will enhance MindMeld to include high-quality group video calling as well. In early 2013, Expect Labs intends to launch a developer platform that will enable  third parties to leverage its communication and language analysis technology.

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