Intel buys mobile personal assistant tech

Intel (INTC) has bought assets and talent from Ginger Software, an Israeli startup working on natural language-processing tools. Media reports suggest Intel paid up to $30M.

Among the assets reportedly acquired by Intel include a platform for creating custom personal assistants with the help of Gigner's voice recognition and natural language-analysis tech. Google (Now), Apple (Siri), and Nuance (Dragon Mobile) are among the companies with popular proprietary assistants.

The purchase follows Intel's 2013 acquisition of Spanish natural language-processing firm Indisys for a reported $26M+.

The chip giant has shown a keen interest in human interface technologies that could enable CPU-intensive applications: Intel has also bought gesture recognition tech developer Omek Interactive, and health tracker wristwatch developer Basis, and unveiled its RealSense gesture recognition camera/sensor solution in January.

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  • AnAvgJoe
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    For use with Internet of Things technology?
    9 May 2014, 01:21 PM Reply Like
  • moneymorality
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    Yes, but really beyond that. If you are familiar with the British Scientist, Stephen Hawking, and his struggle with ALS, Intel every few years makes a new computer for him with gesture and facial recognition, among other things. True benefits of technology.




    9 May 2014, 02:07 PM Reply Like
  • AnAvgJoe
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    Thanks for the links - interesting.
    9 May 2014, 03:13 PM Reply Like
  • investingInvestor
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    Too little, too late! What was Intel's C level thinking? Oh...they weren't. It is just another case of a brilliant pitch in the CEO's office followed by a PR extravaganza and then silence.
    10 May 2014, 10:35 AM Reply Like
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