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API Voice News

These are the news items I've curated in my monitoring of the API space that have some relevance to the API definition conversation and I wanted to include in my research. I'm using all of these links to better understand how the space is testing their APIs, going beyond just monitoring and understand the details of each request and response.

Zypr API Provides Siri-Like Voice Tasking for Any Developer

Pioneer Corporation just announced the availability of Zypr™, a new voice-powered API that provides a conversational, voice-control command API allowing developers to integrate Siri like functionality into their own applications.

The Zypr API provides a single RESTful API for developers to access voice UI, maps and routing, local search, social networking, music and radio, contacts, calendars and weather from multiple service providers, including: Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yelp, AccuWeather, INRIX real-time and predictive traffic information, Slacker Radio, Tuner2 Radio, Wcities, xAd and VoiceBox.

I’ve covered unified and aggregate APIs in the past, where within maturing industries like social and cloud computing, service providers are stepping up with a single API to work with multiple providers. Zypr is similar in that it offers a single API for multiple providers, but uses voice as the mechanism for search. Zypyr’s goal is to normalize, stable and voice-enhanced method for accessing a wide array of constantly changing APIs, Zypr can reduces the impact of service-specific API changes.

“Pioneer created Zypr so that any type of developer or device maker on any platform can easily offer compelling new services to enhance their own technology and brand equity,” said Susumu Kotani, the president of Pioneer Corporation. “We have also changed the rules by allowing developers and device makers alike the opportunity to share in revenue when they deploy Zypr.”

In addition to providing revenue sharing opportunities, the Zypr API is available at no chrage to developers. You can access documentation, code, sample application and other developer tools at www.zypr.net.

With a simple, but powerful RESTful API and the buzz around Siri, Apples new voice tasking system , the Zypr API is sure to be a hit. If Pioneer Corporation can successfully evangelize the Zypr API and get it into the hands of hackers and developer globally, it could easy become the Twilio of voice tasking.


Twilio Rolling Out Twilio Voice API Into Europe

Twilio just made their first move into Europe by offering Twilio Voice service in the United Kingdom.

The Twilio Voice API is now available in the UK, allowing developers to launch local phone numbers in the country.  Along with the release Twilio has announced the opening of their first international office based in East London.

The UK launch is the first to go live of five countries currently in Beta including France, Poland, Austria, Denmark and Portugal with several more countries on the way.

Twilio's APIs have proven a favorite of developers, and fast becoming an essential cloud computing service for applications.

The move into Europe will only grow their developer base and the number of applications using the cloud telephony API. Something that traditional telcos should take notice of.


Google Voice Integration

My Firefox browser opens all my default tabs when it opens and gives me quick access to all my core web applications. One of these is Google Voice.

I am still working Google Voice into my overall platform. It isn't quite there.

Today I was thinking about some good uses for it beyond receiving calls. I was mourning the deactivation of Google Notebook and thinking that Google Voice would make a good replacement for my note taking. Make it more verbal. I would like to see Google Voice to be integrated through my Google Office. When editing a document I could leave audio notes. When creating or editing a calendar event I could leave audio notes. These notes would show up in my Google Voice account and I could organize or maybe they would automatically organize by Google Application?

I have a Google Voice widget on my web site so people could call me. Seems like Google could release a simple widget I could use and call myself. Then I could leave messages, notes, and general dictation. These audio notes would then be transcribed and available as part of my overall communication stream.

Just some random thoughts of how I see Google Voice growing and evolving as part of my core platform.

Playing with my Google Voice

I was playing with my Google Voice the last couple days. If I got more phone calls I could definitely see it being a bigger part of my life.

Then I started playing with it more. I can get text messages using my Google Voice phone number. Nice.

Then I called my number and left a voice mail for myself. Pretty soon it came in and I saw a "processing" message at the bottom of message.

Pretty soon the voice message showed up as text in my Google Voice inbox. Very cool speech recognition. I don't remember talking very clear or anything and it got what i said word for word.

Then about a couple minutes later I noticed there was an email in my gmail account. About this time I was already thinking...is there an API for this? So I can get at these messages.

Then there was the good ol email API....it would be very easy to check my designated email account and look for specific keyword like blog, twitter or whatever I want. I would do this programatically of course. I could route these email messages anywhere I wanted.

I then would have my own speech recognition API that I could use as gateway for any of my other systems and services that API's.

Sure there are services out there that will give you a voice mail number and you call it and say keywords and then message...it speech rocognizes then sends to API of your choice. But they cost you money.

This is a layer of your FREE Google Voice service. That you can integrate with other systems. You could route messages to different systems for process, publishing and collaboration. They could be message from you or not.

Interesting stuff.... will evaluate more.

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