Apple recently acquired a company named VocalIQ, which developed an “adaptive spoken dialogue system,” according to its website, that is capable of learning how people speak over time. The tech could one day help improve voice software such as Siri, which is often our means of asking our iPhones for help with search queries.
VocalIQ — and it seems Apple — sees potential for its services in several industries, including automotive, wearables, smart homes, smart devices, robotics and language learning. According to Business Weekly, which broke news of the acquisition, VocalIQ was created by folks who first worked with the University of Cambridge’s Dialogue Systems Group.
Given VocalIQ and Apple’s shared interest in the Internet of Things, one can see how this might be a perfect fit, especially as Apple moves forward with services such as HomeKit, which can be controlled by Siri. Neither party disclosed terms of the deal.