November 20, 2012
Tired of Typing? Use MindMeld
By Mandira Srivastava
Are you tired of searching queries into a text box on Google (News - Alert)? Tired of typos? Are you getting annoyed when you get innumerable result of your keyword search?
If your answer is yes to any of the questions mentioned above, you need to read learn more about MindMeld, a free app that picks ups keywords from your conversation and uses GPS to provide relevant, location-based information in an onscreen panel such as an iPad.
Suppose if you are planning to meet for sushi in Las Vegas, the panel will list restaurants, reviews and reservation options. Or if an executive is conducting a job interview by videoconference, the candidate's LinkedIn (News - Alert) profile and related Web links would fill the screen.MindMeld is developed and released by Expect Labs. Expet Labs is co-founded by a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab in 1997, Timothy Tuttle. The company is trying to build software for a time when humans no longer hunt down information by typing queries into a text box on a computer."We're attempting to glean insight by seeing where you are, seeing who you're talking to, and listening to what you say," Tuttle said in a statement, "We then use all that information to try and find stuff in advance of you actually needing to ask for it."
Tuttle decided against a career in academia and started his first company, Bang Networks, which made high-performance networking devices, in 1999. He also raised $2.4 million in October from investors including Google Ventures and Greylock Partners.Karim Faris, a partner at Google Ventures, says advances in artificial intelligence and processing power have made the time ripe for Tuttle's app. "This area of anticipatory computing has been in the realms of science fiction for a very long time," he said.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman