Google has just acquired conversational user interface provider Api.ai. Api.ai software is used in chatbots, wearables, apps, smart cars, home automation kits and smart TVs. The user interfaces are both text and voice based. Chatbots using Api.ai technology are on Slack, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Skype, Slack, Telegram and Microsoft Cortana, among other platforms. Over 60,000 developers are using Api.ai to deliver conversational interfaces.
Api.ai was launched in 2014, and its adoption has been enthusiastic since then. Api.ai offers text recognition, speech recognition and natural language processing in 14 languages. There are knowledge packages included, which permit looking up weather data, flight schedules, news events and encyclopedias. There are preset domains that allow agents to process requests. These include shopping, home automation, notes, maps, sports and taxi searchers, among others.