Stephanie Mlot of PC Mag reports, “Rovi announced today that it will acquire Veveo in order to boost its search and analytics tools. The $62 million cash purchase comes with Veveo’s Knowledge Graph-driven semantic tech and natural-language controls, the latter which likely means integrated voice search. Massachusetts-based Veveo—not to be confused with YouTube’s Vevo music service—launched 10 years ago with the hope of bridging connected devices with intelligent discovery solutions. Over the last decade, the company has acquired 50 patents and works with the likes of AT&T, Cablevision, and Verizon. Now, it will bring its semantic solutions to Rovi, which licenses data for TV guides, and intends to use Veveo’s technology to tailor entertainment suggestions to each individual user.” Read more
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ANDOVER, MA–(Marketwired – Nov 18, 2013) - Veveo, a leading provider of semantic technologies to bridge the usability gap in connected devices and applications with intelligent search, discovery and personalization solutions, announced today it has been awarded a seminal patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in the area of speech-based interfaces for devices that allow natural conversations similar to the way people speak with each other. Read more
NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – Nov 13, 2013) - Veveo, a leading provider of semantic technologies to bridge the usability gap in connected devices and applications with intelligent search, discovery and personalization solutions, today announced that it has been named an International CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for its Conversational Video Search App. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 29 product categories. Read more
Sam Vasisht of Veveo recently wrote an article for Wired in which he states, “Leading mobile, web and social companies such as Google, Apple and Facebook are driving towards paradigm shifts in redefining user experience. Such experiences include intelligent voice driven interfaces and predictive personalized discovery of content as represented in services such as Google NOW, Facebook Graph Search and Apple Siri, for example. As users experience such shifts in usability in web and mobile applications, the question that television programmers should be asking themselves is whether television is keeping up with the new expectations that users are likely to have as a result?” Read more
Mari Silbey of Light Reading recently wrote, “Pay-TV companies are investing heaps of money in new user interfaces (UIs). But, according to a new study sponsored by semantic technology company Veveo, more than 85 percent of customers still can’t find anything to watch, at least some of the time. Veveo Inc. argues that current UIs are a big part of the problem, and that operators could reduce churn significantly by improving usability and adding new navigation features.” Read more
ANDOVER, MA–(Marketwired – Oct 7, 2013) - Veveo, a leading provider of semantic technologies to bridge the usability gap in connected devices and applications with intelligent search, discovery and personalization solutions, announced today that it has been awarded a new patent in the field of personalized recommendations by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This marks the tenth patent awarded to Veveo this year and brings its total count of issued patents to 42. Read more
The story below features an interview with Sam Vasisht, CMO of Veveo, who is speaking next week at the Semantic Technology And Business Conference in NYC. You can save $200 when you register for the event before October 2.
A recent focus group report from Veveo, whose semantic technology powers conversational interfaces that enable search on connected devices from TVs to tablets and smart phones to set-top boxes, reveals that three out of four participants are dissatisfied with their existing pay-TV content discovery experience. Reasons include that they are unable to search using keywords; they don’t know how to spell what they were looking for or remember the name of the show they want when entering search terms; it takes too long to scroll through the electronic programming guide; and they don’t see any recommendations that seemed relevant to them.
In an online survey the vendor conducted, it also found that, when users were asked if they would like to use voice or if they’d use if they had it to find content, more than 60 percent said yes, according to CMO Sam Vasisht. “People think there has to be a better way,” he says. “The level of interest and the sense of urgency that companies have about making voice-enabled feature a part of TV is becoming very strong. But just voice commands won’t get you there. You need something above and beyond.”
Veveo Opens Its Graph-Based Semantic Platform to Modular Integration With Third-Party Search and Recommendation Systems
ANDOVER, MA, Jun 04, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — Veveo, a leading provider of semantic technologies to bridge the usability gap in connected devices and applications with intelligent search, discovery and personalization solutions, today announced that it has created a modular implementation of its SmartRelevance Conversational Platform. This will allow the company’s approved partners and customers to create next-generation usability experiences based on Veveo’s knowledge graph semantic capabilities and agility in gleaning user intent and relevance. As a result, providers of search and recommendation technologies, as well as service providers with legacy systems, can now leverage Veveo’s proprietary technologies to make their systems advanced in meeting growing user expectations for intelligent and natural usability. Read more
TVTechnology.com reports, “Veveo, a provider of semantic technologies to bridge the usability gap in connected devices and applications with intelligent search, discovery and personalization solutions, has been awarded four new patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, bringing its total count of issued patents to 38. The new patents relate to improving search experiences in the context of current usability trends around social, device based universal search, or semantic and intelligent searching capabilities. The patent entitled ‘User interface methods and systems for selecting and presenting content based on user relationships’ (USPTO number 8,423,583) covers incremental search capabilities based on relationships of users.” Read more
Seen anything good on TV lately? If the answer is ‘No,’ then maybe the problem is that you and your TV just aren’t communicating as well as you could be. The same may be said of your experience across other viewing mediums, like smartphones, tablets and PCs.
Veveo wants to change the picture, so to speak. “We want the TV to be as friendly as possible so you and the TV can have a really productive relationship,” says CMO Sam Vasisht. The company, which earlier this month exhibited its Conversational Interface Technology at TV Connect 2013 in London, says there’s a need for a universal interface based on natural language capability, so that people more intuitively can grasp what is available from where in a world of fragmented content sources, including how to better search for that content and manage their viewing experiences with greater speed and ease.
“Voice is probably the most natural way for us to deliver this experience,” says Vasisht. Veveo wants to be the platform that enables service providers and OEMs and video programmers to give their audiences the power of speech. Read more
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