A new voice assistant called Hound is amazingly powerful
The creators of SoundHound have just introduced a new voice assistant named Hound. It has been in the works for nine years, and it seems the long development period has given them time to create something truly brilliant. Hound is incredibly fast and responsive and can answer very complex questions seconds after receiving a command.
While it is only available through an exclusive beta for now, the voice-controlled assistant has made its debut in a few demo videos and the results are quite impressive. The user was able to ask Hound the population of China and Japan, their respective capitals, their area in kilometers squared and miles squared, the population of India, and the area codes for France, Germany, and Italy all in one sentence. The answer to all of this was provided nearly instantaneously. These capabilities seem far and beyond what the current offerings are bringing to the table.
SoundHound has also created a platform for developers to contribute to the app, allowing them to integrate Hound into their own apps or even plug their information into the database to enhance what can be asked of the personal assistant. Though it is launching with Expedia, the hope is that they will find more partners who wish to add more commands so it will never resort to a simple web search. At the end of the day, Hound is certain to give Siri, Cortana, and Google Now a run for their money with its quick response and amazing depth of commands.