Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) acquired Voysis, an artificial intelligence (AI) start-up that aims to help systems provide better responses to voice commands. Bloomberg announced the acquisition on Friday. The most obvious application would be to continue the incremental improvements Apple has made to Siri, the iPhone’s voice-activated digital assistant.
The company told Bloomberg that Apple “buys small tech companies from time to time and that we don’t usually discuss our goal or plans.”
The Voysis website, which has since been closed, reportedly said that the company had used AI tools focused on customer databases to develop a deep understanding of the company’s products and services, as well as specific vocabulary. industry.
The Dublin-based company, which also has offices in Boston and Edinburgh, uses its sense of AI to help digital assistants better understand everyday language. Voysis previously marketed its product as a solution for companies looking to develop or improve their own voice-activated applications, with a particular focus on online shopping and retail applications.
One of the most attractive features of Voysis technology is its size. Bloomberg reported that a co-founder of Voysis said that once the AI system was formed, the company was able to reduce the scope of its solution to occupy only 25 megabytes of memory, small enough to be run on the periphery or locally on smartphones without requiring an Internet connection.
It was the second such agreement for Apple in just over a week. The company acquired the Dark Sky weather app in late March, which has grown in popularity for its ability to provide hyperlocal weather forecasts.