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NewsPoster Sep 13, 2013 10:55 AM
Intel acquires language-processing startup Indisys
Intel has reportedly moved to acquire Indisys, a Spanish startup that specializes in natural language recognition, according to a <em>TechCrunch</em> <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/13/intel-has-acquired-natural-language-processing-startup-indisys-price-north-of-26m/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaig n=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29">report</a>. The company offers a variety of products based on its intelligent dialogue technology, including a Siri-like "virtual assistant" and a semantic search engine.<br /><br />The intelligent assistant, known as Maya, uses a human avatar and is claimed to converse "fluently" in different languages and on different platforms, such as web or mobile. The company's other R&D projects include a multimodal interface for controlling and monitoring aircraft, and an online virtual assistant for the hearing impaired.<br />
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The acquisition is said to have been worth more than $26 million and follows Intel's move to purchase Omek, an Israeli company that specializes in gesture-based interfaces.<br />
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Intel early this year created a $100 million investment fund that focuses on creating and refining "human-like senses" on computing devices. Areas of interest are said to include gesture, voice and emotion sensing, along with biometrics and imaging.<br />
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"Devices with human-like senses - the ability to see, hear and feel much like people do - has long been a subject of science fiction but is now within reach given recent innovations in compute power and camera technology," said Intel Capital president Arvind Sodhani when the fund was announced.
 
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