Yahoo announced on Monday that it recently acquired a company called SkyPhrase that focuses on natural language processing technology. The company sounds a bit like what Siri and Google Now offer: it developes a technology that allows you to speak to a computer, or presumably a mobile device, which then recognizes your commands and executes a specific task.
“At SkyPhrase, we believe online information and services would be much more powerful and user friendly if people could tell computers what they want to accomplish using natural language,” the company’s site says. “In Yahoo, we have found a company that not only shares our vision, but delivers a rich collection of information and services to a massive user base.” Neither company said what SkyPhrase’s technology will be used for in the future, but it’s probably a safe bet to assume Yahoo wants to work on some sort of voice-controlled computer similar to Siri, or perhaps build it into its software so that users can perform queries with their voice, similar to Google Now and Google Search in Chrome and on Android.
SkyPhrase will join the Yahoo Labs in New York City. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.