David Meyer of GigaOM reports, “Intel has bought a Spanish ‘intelligent dialog’ firm called Indisys, in what appears to be the chipmaker’s latest foray into artificial intelligence and next-generation interface systems. The Spanish website Hemerotek said the deal was at a valuation of $30-35 million. Seville-based Indisys has a variety of products ranging from e-learning to semantic search, though its core product is virtual assistant software that is used by customers such as the retailer El Corte Inglés. The virtual assistant can virtually assist people over the phone or in a slightly creepy avatar format for websites. Intel had previously invested €3.2 million ($4.24 million) in Indisys in November 2012.”

Meyer continues, “Intel is doing a lot more work in this department than you may realise – as TechCrunch has pointed out, it recently bought the Israeli gesture tech company Omek for around $40 million. Upcoming interfaces – whatever form they will take – will require several elements, and advanced gesture and voice recognition are two of them.”

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