Novauris and Existor Announce Strategic Partnership to Develop a New Generation of Human-Machine Spoken Interaction

Partnership kicks off with the development of network-independent conversational apps

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Novauris is recognized for its ability to provide rapid and accurate spoken access to large sets of data such as millions of addresses or music items. The collaboration with Existor, however, opens up a whole new range of new applications.

Barcelona, Spain (PRWEB) February 27, 2012

Novauris Technologies Ltd (http://www.novauris.com), a leading provider of core automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology for mobile and consumer electronics, and Existor Ltd. (http://www.existor.com), creators of artificially intelligent conversational apps, avatars and web interfaces, for entertainment, education and business, today announced a partnership to create a new generation of human-machine interaction. The two companies plan to combine their expertise in artificial intelligence (AI), natural language processing and automatic speech recognition (ASR) to create mobile and wireless applications that allow people to interact conversationally – not just with smartphones and computers, but also with cars, refrigerators, TVs, toys or any device equipped with a suitable embedded processor.

Existor is well known for its Cleverbot chatbot, which is capable of sustaining conversations in a human-like manner. It has hitherto resided on a server and has accepted text inputs. The company has now developed an embedded version of its software, which meshes well with Novauris’s large-vocabulary embedded ASR to allow spoken conversations. The first fruit of this collaboration will be a series of speech-driven chatbot apps, a.k.a. CleverApps, which run on smartphones without any need for network access. Such fully embedded solutions avoid the delays and costs introduced by network transmissions, and will also function when no network signal is available.

“Novauris is recognized for its ability to provide rapid and accurate spoken access to large sets of data such as millions of addresses or music items,” said Melvyn Hunt, co-founder and President of Novauris Technologies. “The collaboration with Existor, however, opens up a whole new range of new applications such as interactive FAQs and personal-assistant functions all running entirely locally. We are particularly impressed with Existor's ability to sustain extended conversational interactions using software running on a mobile platform, with or without an Internet connection.”

“We’re excited to work in partnership with Novauris to deeply integrate our dialogue technology with their uniquely powerful embedded ASR capabilities. We may eventually be able not only to understand spoken human interactions, but also to recognize the emotional state of the person using Clever Apps and respond accordingly,” said Keith Harrison Managing Director of Existor.

About Novauris Technologies Ltd.
Novauris develops core automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology for spoken access to information stored locally in mobile devices or remotely on servers. Tasks supported on embedded processors include one-shot recognition of any US street address and voice access to personal information stored on smartphones. On servers, tasks supported include identification of a spoken name and address from a set covering the whole population of a large country. Major corporations around the world including SingTel, Panasonic and LG Electronics currently license Novauris’s technology. Novauris is a privately held company based in the UK with an additional office in Silicon Valley. Follow us on Twitter and visit http://www.novauris.com to learn more.

About Existor Ltd.
Existor creates Artificially Intelligent conversational apps, avatars and web interfaces for entertainment, education and business. Existor's AI solutions can merge Cleverbot's ability to chat engagingly with scripted, purposeful conversation, and information-driven responses. Cleverbot is a prize-winning Artificial Intelligence, learning from millions of users every month, and imitating them. Existor is a privately held company based in London with an additional office in St. Petersburg, Russia. For more information, please visit http://www.existor.com/.

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