Voice will be our interface to everything

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Let’s face it, technology has not always been very user friendly. Sometimes that felt by design, so coders could keep their club small and exclusive. But usually there’s a step function innovation that totally changes how we interact with technology and, in so doing, disrupts the old paradigm. The mouse and graphical user interface launched the PC (if you’re old enough, you remember when saying GUI sounded cool). Touch screens were the brilliant innovation that enabled the whole new world of smartphones that we live in today.

Voice is the next disruption. Voice will change how we search, how we shop and manage our experiences with retailers, how we create and consume media. The big guys are placing big bets in the space, and we’re starting to see the payoff on some of those components now – voice recognition now has accuracy above 90%, which is good enough to be workable. With improvements in AI, we’ll have contextual understanding, maintain state, and get to conversational capabilities.

But today, voice doesn’t do very much. Alexa sets a mean timer, but if I want to order an Uber, I have to go to my Alexa app to sign in and register, and then I only get limited capabilities. Why wouldn’t I just go to my Uber app? My Uber app has Home, Work, SFO, already in it, plus my payment info, and I can share my ETA with my contacts. And if I want to check Surfline, forget it – there’s no Skill for that.

This is why we created Aiqudo. Our mobile apps do tons of things for us already – get rides, order food, check the surf, and loads of other interactions every day. But the touch screen interface has resulted in each app becoming an individual silo: you have to open the app, navigate your way down to the action you want, maybe tap through a few screens to select your size or color, checkout, and confirm, and then move to the next app and repeat. Aiqudo lets you use simple, intuitive voice commands to instantly get to the action you want, then seamlessly move on to the next action in another app. Do all the things you want to do in your favorite apps, but now at the speed of voice.

Voice will be our interface to everything, eventually. We’re starting with making voice the interface to the things we do every day with our mobile apps.

Q Actions -Voice to Action

Announcing Q Actions

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It’s only been about 3 months since we formally started working @Aiqudo and we’re thrilled to announce the availability of Q Actions (Beta) on the Play Store.

You say it, we do it!

Q Actions allows you to use simple voice commands to instantly execute actions in your favorite Android apps.  Other voice assistants like Alexa or Google Assistant don’t do this!

We’ve solved a few hard problems:

  • Commands in natural language without specific syntax  – Unlike systems like Alexa, where you need to invoke a skill by name, and need to use a specific syntax for your command to be recognized, you can use natural commands with Q. You don’t have to mention an app in your command – we’ll automatically figure out the right action for your command. In fact, our AI Search (AIS) uses sophisticated Machine Learning algorithms to perform high-quality fuzzy matching across commands across multiple apps in multiple verticals.
  • Action invocation in apps without APIs or developer work –  The Q Platform does not require app developers to expose specific APIs just for voice. We can enable key actions in apps without any APIs or code. You execute actions just as you normally would in the app, with the additional benefit that it is faster, and you don’t need to remember where the function resides deep within the app. Easier and faster.
  • Personal actions without registration or loss of privacy –   Other assistant platforms only expose few personal actions, and even these require the user to register third party services on the platform. Since Q executes actions in apps directly, we don’t require registration, and you are using apps you already trust for messaging, banking, payments, stocks, etc.
  • Scalable Action on boarding  – We have figured out how to on board actions within apps directly. We on board and maintain actions at our end. So neither you, nor the app developer have to worry about making the actions available broadly.

All you have to do to get started with Q Actions is say “show my actions” – you’ll see a list of actions already available for your favorite apps out-of-the-box.

Download Q Actions now!

The Aiqudo Team

Tortoise and hare racing

Mobile apps need voice, and voice assistants need mobile apps

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A couple of observations on this interesting survey on Virtual Assistants:

“Despite all the hype over virtual assistants, consumers don’t yet consider them to be critical to their mobile lives”

Digital assistants don’t do enough today. Users would rather stick with their mobile apps to get things done. Aiqudo addresses this problem, bridging the gap between virtual assistants and mobile apps. These two ecosystems have not been brought together for users in a meaningful way to date; Aiqudo’s Q Platform makes it natural and easy for you to use voice to quickly execute actions within your mobile apps. Remember that your apps are always with you – in your pocket, bag or purse… People even use apps on their mobile phones more frequently than the GPS dashboard console in their cars.

“More than any other feature, however, consumers now value security and privacy above all else.”

This speaks to the value of using voice to get to the actions in your mobile apps – we perceive apps on our phones to be personal, secure, and private, as compared to virtual assistant platforms that exist in the cloud. Current assistant platforms require users to explicitly register (again!) for the personal services they use. This creates unnecessary friction. People hate having to login again!

The Aiqudo platform addresses this barrier by leveraging the apps already on your phone. Instead of building a new interface for each new voice-first, typically fixed-location device, it let’s people use mobile apps to get things done using just your voice.

Cortana smart speaker

Our take on the Cortana Skills Kit

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[May 26, 2017]

Cortana Skills Kit launches alongside 20+ new voice apps.

Quoted:

“Cortana launches with a little more than 20 skills available. By comparison, Google Assistant has more than 230 actions from third-party developers, while Alexa, which opened its Alexa Skills Kit to developers back in 2015, surpassed 10,000 skills three months ago.”

Aiqudo opinion:

The Cortana Skills Kit has been cooking for a while – good that it is now available to developers. By all accounts, Cortana’s voice recognition is rated to be good. But Microsoft and Cortana struggle to differentiate a native Cortana ecosystem – Microsoft doesn’t have a play on the phone, which is still the ubiquitous device and the natural place for the digital assistant to live, and an in-home speaker, even with Harmon Kardon quality, is an Echo look-alike. In the end, though, the digital assistant experience will be distinguished by how much it can do for consumers and how easily it can do them. 30 skills, 230, 10,000 – the absolute numbers won’t fully tell the story. For voice to really become our interface to everything, we will need to be able to use flexible, intuitive commands to seamlessly move from one action to another.

We’ll talk about Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant in more detail soon Aiqudo follow Aiqudo!

Aiqudo raises $4M A round to Serve Digital Assistant Market

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[Published – May 5, 2017]

Aiqudo, Inc. today announced it has closed on a $4 million Series A financing. The round was led by Atlantic Bridge Capital, a global growth equity technology fund. Aiqudo was founded by Silicon Valley veterans of the digital assistant and artificial intelligence spaces, with deep expertise in search and mobile. Aiqudo uses its proprietary AI and mobile technologies to connect voice computing to the mobile app ecosystem.

For more information, contact Aiqudo at contact@aiqudo.com

About Atlantic Bridge Capital:

Atlantic Bridge Capital is a Global Technology Fund with over $1 billion of assets under management investing in technology companies in Europe, the US and China. With offices in London, Dublin, Silicon Valley and Beijing, Atlantic Bridge has a differentiated strategy which focuses on specific technology themes and implementing the “Atlantic Bridge Model” for scaling companies in global markets. For more information, see www.abven.com.

Aiqudo Day 1 Spaces

Day 1 at Aiqudo

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Day 1

We’ve hit the ground running with our core team @Aiqudo.

Humble beginnings in 2 small rooms @Spaces in San Jose, near the beautiful Santana Row.

This is the day 1 team – the laptop represents yours truly!

We’re on a mission – make it super simple for users to get things done with simple and intuitive voice commands.

The state of the art is, shall we say, not good enough! Users should not have to learn skills – AI systems should be smarter!!

Voice to Action – You say it, we do it!

Rajat, for the Aiqudo Team!

Welcome to Aiqudo

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Welcome to Aiqudo!

At Aiqudo (pronounced: “eye-cue-doe”),  we connect the nascent world of digital voice assistants to the useful, mature world of mobile apps through our Q Voice-to-Action™ platform. Q lets people use voice commands to execute actions in mobile apps across devices.

Aiqudo’s SaaS platform uses machine learning (AI) to understand natural-language requests and then triggers instant actions via mobile apps consumers prefer to use to get things done quickly and with less effort.

Visit us to keep up with innovations in the world of voice!