Type or Speak to Book Travel, Buy Movie Tickets, Make Dinner Reservations and More
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. (December 16, 2010) – Vlingo Corporation, the maker of a Virtual Assistant that turns your words into actions, today significantly expanded the actions its users can do while on the go by introducing a new beta feature called the “ActionBar,” and integrating with the content and capabilities of KAYAK, Fandango and OpenTable.
Vlingo’s ActionBar enables Android users to type or speak commands to do all of the things they would normally do with Vlingo. Vlingo brings the same adaptation and predictive intelligence used for voice recognition to typed commands with the ActionBar, allowing users to initiate actions when it’s not as convenient speak to their phones – like on a noisy bus or quiet conference room.
Today’s release also gives Vlingo’s Android users the ability to find available hotels in any US city with KAYAK, search and buy movie tickets with Fandango and even make dinner reservations through a seamless integration with Open Table.
- “Hotels in Seattle for tomorrow night “
- “Where is Harry Potter playing?”
- “Find Italian restaurants nearby”
- “Where can I get a burrito?”
“Vlingo’s mission is to understand the user’s intent and take the appropriate action to help our users quickly, easily and safely connect to the people, businesses and information that are important to them. We are extremely pleased to be working with KAYAK, Fandango and Open Table to give users an easy-to-use interface to make travel plans, find and buy movie tickets and make dinner reservations,” said Christopher Barnett, EVP of Markets at Vlingo. “And with the addition of ActionBar, users can now type or speak those commands or requests by using the widget or from the Vlingo home screen.”
“We are thrilled to integrate KAYAK’s comparison travel tools with Vlingo’s Virtual Assistant,” said Jackie LoVerme, Director Business Development- Mobile for KAYAK. “It is a natural fit, as it creates an industry-leading technology partnership which allows KAYAK’s customers to make and manage travel plans faster and more efficiently when they are on the go.”
Additionally, Vlingo for AndroidTM can power most actions on Android devices. Users can simply press the “Vlingo widget” and speak to:
- send text and email messages
- search the web using Google or Yahoo!
- update Facebook and Twitter status
- open built-in and 3rd party applications
- speak into any application with the Vlingo Everywhere voice keyboard
- SafeReaderTM – hear incoming text & email messages while you drive
- SuperDialer – one-click calling to an infinite address book, and reviews, maps and directions for any business.
- Foursquare – check in, connect with friends, or shout out an update on foursquare.
- Vlingo InCar – completely hands free solution to send and respond to messages, make calls, and get directions while driving
Availability, Compatibility and Price
Vlingo is available for Android 2.x and above. U.S. users can download Vlingo on device from the Android Market for free. Click here to see Vlingo in action!
Vlingo plans to roll out this functionality to other Vlingo supported platforms in a future release.
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Vlingo is a Virtual Assistant that turns your words into action by combining speech recognition, natural language processing, and Vlingo’s Intent Engine to understand the user’s intent and take the appropriate action. Simply speak to your phone to connect with the people, businesses and activities that are important to you. Vlingo is the safest and easiest way to get things done while on the go. Send text and email messages, search the web, use Google maps, update Twitter and more. Founded in 2006, Vlingo is backed by Charles River Ventures, Sigma Partners, Yahoo! and AT&T and headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For more information, go to www.vlingo.com.