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Expect Labs Uses the Power of Nuance Voice Technology to Enhance Their Anticipatory Computing Engine

In advance of the release of the MindMeld iPad app, Expect Labs bolsters their technology platform with Dragon voice recognition capabilities from Nuance

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Expect Labs, a San Francisco-based startup focused on developing a technology platform to reinvent how we have conversations, today announced plans to integrate Nuance Communications' voice technology to expand the voice recognition capabilities of their Anticipatory Computing Engine. The Expect Labs Anticipatory Computing Engine is a technology platform designed to analyze and understand conversations in real-time and proactively find related information. It is the underlying platform that powers MindMeld, the intelligent voice and video calling app for the iPad. Leveraging the Dragon Mobile SDK as part of Nuance's NDEV mobile developer program, Expect Labs will be able to extend the voice capabilities of MindMeld across a variety of mobile device platforms.

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After two years of development, Expect Labs emerged from stealth mode in September and was selected from among hundreds of companies as a finalist in TechCrunch Disrupt's Startup Battlefield. Since then, Expect Labs has announced the backing of prominent Silicon Valley investors including Google Ventures and Greylock Partners. Expect Labs is developing a new type of computing platform to analyze and model the various streams of data that are generated by the computing devices in our lives. By continuously analyzing signals such as location, voice, and online activity, the Expect Labs platform creates a real-time context model, which can be used to anticipate and filter any information that a user may need. As an initial demonstration of the capabilities of this platform, Expect Labs has built MindMeld, which is the first mobile voice and video calling app that can understand conversations in real-time.      

With the growing adoption of smartphones, the past year has witnessed the emergence of a first generation of intelligent mobile applications. With the launch of the Expect Labs Anticipatory Computing Engine, which deploys Nuance's voice capabilities, application intelligence can now be extended well beyond answering questions and simple voice search. Since it is designed to pay attention continuously as you use your device, Expect Labs' technology can bring context-aware intelligence to a wide range of applications related to real-time communication and collaboration. Expect Labs has filed several patents covering its core technology and has pioneered advances in three key areas:

  1. Real-Time, Multi-Party Conversation Analysis: The Expect Labs technology platform is capable of concurrently analyzing audio signals for each participant in a group conversation in order to understand the key topics and concepts of the conversation in real-time. 
  2. Continuous Context Modeling: Based on this understanding of the conversation, the Expect Labs technology constructs a continuous model that captures the overall meaning of any conversation as it changes from second to second.    
  3. Proactive Information Discovery: Rather than wait for a user to make a request, the Expect Labs platform leverages its real-time context model to proactively analyze thousands of pieces of content and data sources that may potentially contain relevant information. With this approach, Expect Labs can identify highly relevant pieces of information before a user needs to make an explicit request.

"We launched NDEV Mobile Platform to inspire mobile developers like Expect Labs to create breakthrough applications with our industry-leading speech recognition platform. MindMeld is a great example of the types of innovative applications that we're seeing across the NDEV program," said Matt Revis, Vice President and General Manager, Dragon Devices, Nuance Mobile.

"The Nuance platform is the gold standard for voice recognition technology," said Timothy Tuttle, CEO of Expect Labs. "We look forward to partnering with them to pioneer this new class of anticipatory computing applications."

About Expect Labs
Expect Labs (http://www.expectlabs.com) is a startup based in San Francisco that is building a technology platform designed to reinvent how we have conversations. Expect Labs is the creator of the iPad app called MindMeld, which is the first voice and video calling app that can actually understand conversations in real-time to make it easy to find and share related information as you talk. Expect Labs was founded in early 2011 by successful, repeat entrepreneurs who have built and sold large-scale Internet businesses. Our team includes PhDs and world-class researchers from places like the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, Carnegie Mellon University, Bell Labs and HP Labs. The company is backed by some of Silicon Valley's most well-known investors including Google Ventures, Greylock Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, IDG Ventures, KPG Ventures, Quest Venture Partners and several prominent angels.

iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. © 2012.

About Nuance Communications, Inc.
Nuance Communications, Inc. is a leading provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with devices and systems. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance's proven applications. For more information, please visit www.nuance.com.

Nuance, Dragon, and the Nuance logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nuance Communications, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States of America and/or other countries. All other company names or product names may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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Expect Labs
Jeff Koo, (415) 321-1866
expectlabs@sparkpr.com

Nuance Communications
Rebecca Paquette, 781-565-5264
Rebecca.paquette@nuance.com

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