We used to talk on our phones, now thanks to Siri, we talk to our phones.
But that voice recognition functionality isn’t simple for app developers to bake in. OneTok, a new platform for app developers, aims to make voice-enabled functions simpler and cheaper.
The company launched its platform in beta today with $1.5 million in venture backing from RRE Ventures and Peter J. Solomon.
We first reported news of the company’s funding in March.
OneTok “lets developers configure any word or phrase to invoke any activity in their app, with just a few clicks,” the company says. Its native commands are for Android, Blackberry 10, and iOS and include log-in, post to Facebook, share via email or Twitter, search, enter credit card info, zoom, and navigate. Those commands will be free until the end of the year, when OneTok will introduce a tiered pricing system.
“Today’s voice-enablement tools are overly complex and designed to make their vendors money, co-founder Ben Lilienthal says. “OneTok puts developers first, freeing them to focus on providing a great user experience.”
Lilienthal is known in the New York tech scene for creating and selling Vapps, one of the world’s largest VOIP conferencing technology companies. He sold that to Citrix in 2008 for $26.6 million, and the company’s technology is now a part of GoToMeeting.