Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Iris : Siri for Android

Siri has made quite some noise in the recent days as the intelligent personal assistant in the newly launched iPhone 4S. We have covered Siri in the iPhone 4S post. Iris is a Siri-like personal assistant which has been developed by Cochin based Dexetra Software Solutions. It works by using the Text Synthesis function which is built in android. The app was built in just 8 hours. It doesn't have the sophistication of Siri but still it is worth a try. They are planning to make it more interesting and release a final version to the android marketplace.

Dexetra's Narayan Babu says:
It started out as a lazy Friday with half our team missing, the influx of tweets and posts on the "Awesome Siri" were flying everywhere. Suddenly, I got the urge to do something similar for Android. Since we have been working on NLP and Machine learning for over an year now, I had a crazy belief that I could pull this off. Somehow I managed to write a tiny engine that could answer your questions, digging the results from the web.
When we started seeing results, everyone got excited and started a high speed coding race. In no time, we added Voice input, Text-to-speech, also a lot of hueristic humor into Iris. Not until late evening we decided on the name "iris.", which would be Siri in reverse. And we also reverse engineered a crazy expansion - Intelligent Rival Imitator of Siri. We were still in the fun mode, but when we started using it the results were actually good, really good.

Android market link : iris. (alpha)


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