OneTok's Voice-Interpretation Platform Now Available for Developers
Enabling voice as the user interface to interact with and control mobile apps
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- OneTok today announced general availability of its voice-interpretation platform that developers can use to create intelligent voice interfaces that enable users to interact with and control mobile applications simply by speaking to them.
OneTok is a cloud-based platform that lets developers configure any word or phrase to invoke any activity in their consumer or enterprise apps, all with just a few clicks. Instead of jabbing at buttons while driving or typing their destinations, users of smartphones and tablets need only to speak, using their voices for tasks such as controlling and navigating apps, entering their logins or initiating web searches.
Addressing attendees at the GigaOm Mobilize LaunchPad event here, OneTok CEO Ben Lilienthal said the availability of his company's innovative software platform gives developers a "here and now" opportunity to quickly take advantage of the newest generation of Natural Language Understanding (NLU) technology, such as the newly updated Siri for Apple mobile devices and voice assistants from handset and operating system manufacturers.
"With the new Siri, users can open apps with their voices, but it stops there. Siri gets users to developers' doorsteps, but without OneTok as the voice enabler, they can't come in. OneTok enables them to talk and actually interact with and use their apps through simple voice commands," said Lilienthal.
"OneTok's potential for the mobile developer community is limitless. Not only does it enrich existing apps, but truly enables mobile developers to address completely new usage scenarios for consumer to enterprise apps," said Spencer Chen, head of business development, Appcelerator. "Just as the touch screen experience was introduced by Apple five years ago, OneTok has the potential to rewrite how everyday users interact with their mobile apps through their voice."
"OneTok offers developers the quickest time to market with the least amount of effort required of their engineering staffs because all of an app's methods and functions stay the same with the addition of OneTok as the voice-enablement component," Lilienthal said. "And the OneTok platform is subscription based, according to usage. So if the deployment is not successful, the developer is not stuck with huge upfront costs that can add up quickly before an app becomes available."
"For developers, interfacing with OneTok means rapid time to market," he said. "Their apps can be voice-enabled in a day without having to make any changes to their code."
OneTok includes a variety of voice libraries with pre-existing phrases and commands for vertical market apps in Banking, Fitness, Food, Travel, Collaboration and Top 10 voice commands for every app. As an example, the Top 10 voice commands come pre-packaged with:
- Log in and log out
- Post to Facebook
- Share via email or Twitter
- Save to favorites
- Enter credit card information
- Navigate back / forward
- Zoom in and out
"OneTok is more than an API. It's an end-to-end platform," Lilienthal said. "We're able to leverage our expertise in Voice over IP and audio conferencing to give developers cutting-edge libraries that address audio hurdles on the device, such as echo cancellation, noise suppression and audio compression. On the server, we enhance the audio signal processing so that OneTok can even work in loud, noisy environments."
Founded in 2011, OneTok develops a SaaS platform to voice-enable mobile apps so consumers can use the apps by talking to them in a normal and natural way. This helps app developers retain active users and further drive user engagement. OneTok's founders are patent-holding experts in voice over Internet systems.
SOURCE OneTok, Inc.