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SILVIA for Android is an artificial intelligence assistant that runs natively on your Android phone or tablet.

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SPECIAL UPDATE FOR GAME DEVELOPERS!

Can the SILVIA for Android SDK be used for games?  ABSOLUTELY!  Basic integration with your Android game can be done in minutes, and our SDK will include at least one sample project specifically for game developers!  Developers of casual games will appreciate the ease of integration, and hardcore game developers will appreciate the depth of the system.

We're including a Unity3D version of our SILVIA for Android libraries!

Of course, there are so many other types of applications you can build with SILVIA for Android, including entertainment, education, productivity, social networking, search, medical, business, and more...

Want to preview a small subset of our API reference?  Here you go!

http://cognitivecode.com/api/files/brain-api.html

There is a lot more where that came from, so stay tuned for even more SILVIA for Android developer info.  Now, back to your regularly scheduled program...

What is SILVIA for Android?

SILVIA for Android is an artificial intelligence system that runs natively on Android phones and tablets, so that you can talk with your device like you would talk to another person.

SILVIA for Android is smart, fun, and practical, and is based on Cognitive Code's patented SILVIA technologies so advanced that SILVIA is being used for training and simulation applications by the US Army.

SILVIA for Android is up and running on our phones so we are excited about making SILVIA for Android and the SILVIA for Android developer kit available to you.

(jetpack and superhero costume not included)

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What does SILVIA for Android do?

SILVIA is the most advanced and flexible personal intelligence system on the planet.

  • SILVIA for Android is intelligent and conversational.
  • SILVIA for Android goes anywhere you want to go.
  • SILVIA for Android learns from your conversations to anticipate your needs.
  • SILVIA for Android interacts with your phone's applications for you, based on your conversations, making your mobile life easier than ever before.
  • SILVIA for Android can help you with search, browsing, maps, navigation, calendar appointments, your contacts, media content, and the Android operating system.
  • With the optional SILVIA Personalization Kit, you can make SILVIA for Android talk and interact with you the way you want, and show off your own custom AI behaviors to your friends.
  • SILVIA for Android doesn't just answer questions.  SILVIA for Android can engage you in a real conversation using our patented natural language system to understand and react to your meaning.
  • SILVIA for Android learns about you from your conversations, to personalize your experience.
  • SILVIA for Android can proactively suggest new activities, based on your preferences and previous actions.  For instance, if you commonly message your spouse from work that you are running late, SILVIA can use your current location (@work) and the time (7PM) to say, "It looks like you're running late again.  Would you like for me to text Mimi on your behalf?"
  • SILVIA doesn't just do one thing at a time.  SILVIA can conversationally interact with you to help complete complex tasks with multiple steps.
  • Did we mention that SILVIA runs natively on your Android phone?
  • SILVIA for Android can run in the background, always ready to be helpful.  For instance, you could be playing a casual game and losing track of the time, and SILVIA for Android would prompt you to say, "Sorry to interrupt, but you have a meeting with John scheduled in five minutes."
  • Pick from one of three personalities (serious, playful, snarky) to suit your personal style.  More personalities to come post-launch.

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The Personalization Kit and SILVIA Brain Store

The SILVIA for Android Personalization Kit ($80 pledge) is for anyone who wants to customize the AI (artificial intelligence) behaviors of the SILVIA for Android application (included with the kit).

Casual users will find it easy and fun to customize their SILVIA experience on the phone, and the more dedicated AI enthusiasts will have a full set of tools to create their own behaviors or even design complete AI personalities from scratch.


The Personalization Kit includes:

  • The SILVIA for Android application
  • A special SILVIA for Android content manager for PC/Mac, based on our SILVIA Studio content management and creation tools
  • Example SILVIA Brain files
  • Complete tutorial and reference documentation


In support of the SILVIA for Android Personalization Kit, when we launch in December, we will also be launching an online SILVIA Brain Store, where creators like you can share (and even sell) your SILVIA creations with other SILVIA for Android users.  All SILVIA for Android users will have access to free and paid downloadable SILVIA Brain Store content from within their SILVIA for Android application.

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How will we use the Kickstarter funds?

SILVIA for Android is already up and running, so why don't we just release it?  Well, SILVIA for Android is currently a working prototype.  It is working incredibly well, but we still need to turn this prototype (and our SILVIA for Android SDK) into a commercial product for you.  To make SILVIA for Android a commercial product will require additional engineering and support to ensure that SILVIA for Android works seamlessly with all of your important Android applications, and the widest range of Android devices.

We also need to do all those extra little things like create user and developer documentation, build out a special version of our tools for the PERSONALIZATION KIT, and have web and live resources in place to support our SILVIA for Android users at and after launch.

Since we have a working version of SILVIA for Android that is based on our proven SILVIA Platform technology, there is very little technological risk. Product completion will only require a small team over the next few months, with most of the effort focused on SILVIA content development and integration with existing Android applications.

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What is SILVIA?

Our SILVIA Platform is a state-of-the art system for conversational applications.

Cognitive Code's patented SILVIA technologies are advanced, flexible, and the most lightweight system on the planet for developing natural language applications.  SILVIA's high-performance runtime Core can run natively on mobile devices, including Android phones, taking up only a few megabytes worth of memory, and is efficient enough to run in the background at the same time as your other applications.

Conversational: SILVIA understands meaning and can proactively engage users in conversation. SILVIA learns from every interaction so that each user has a personalized, engaging experience.

Language Independent: SILVIA's Core technology is smart enough to infer language rules directly from your application data so that applications can be developed and deployed in any language or any number of languages for the same application.

Developer Friendly: The SILVIA SDK includes a rich API and graphical content tools, so that SILVIA-enabled applications can be rapidly developed, configured, and deployed for your customers and markets.

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SILVIA for Android requirements

- a voice-enabled (mic and speaker) phone or tablet running Android 2.2 (Froyo) or greater.
- WiFi or 3G/4G
- a Google account
- at launch only available in English

SILVIA for Android should run on almost any device with the above basic specifications, but prior to launch, we will begin publishing and maintaining a list of compatible devices.

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SILVIA for Android SDK requirements

- Android development system requirements as specified on this page: http://developer.android.com/sdk/requirements.html
- Optional: Xamarin's Mono for Android (Professional and above), available here: http://xamarin.com/monoforandroid
- IMPORTANT: We do NOT currently support Linux as a development environment.
- IMPORTANT: One or more physical Android enabled devices are required for developing applications with speech input.

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SILVIA for Android SDK details

The SILVIA for Android SDK includes:

  • the SILVIA for Android runtime library, licensed to your development device(s)
  • SILVIA Studio for Android, our graphical content creation tools
  • complete tutorial and API reference documentation
  • sample code projects (both native Java and Mono for Android)
  • sample SILVIA brain files

Our SILVIA for Android SDK has complete support for native Java language development, and C# development using Mono for Android as well, with parallel sample projects for both.

Our sample SILVIA for Android brain files clearly demonstrate the various principles in creating your SILVIA for Android content and applications.

The SILVIA for Android SDK can be used for almost any type of mobile application.  Our only restriction is that you can't sell or otherwise distribute a personal assistant application that would compete directly with our SILVIA for Android.

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SILVIA for Android in your games!

Can the SILVIA for Android SDK be used for games?  ABSOLUTELY!  Basic integration with your Android game can be done in minutes, and our SDK will include at least one sample project specifically for game developers!  Developers of casual games will appreciate the ease of integration, and hardcore game developers will appreciate the depth of the system.

We're including a Unity3D version of our SILVIA for Android libraries!

Of course, there are so many other types of applications you can build with SILVIA for Android, including entertainment, education, productivity, social networking, search, medical, business, and more...

Want to preview a small subset of our API reference?  Here you go!

http://cognitivecode.com/api/files/brain-api.html

There is a lot more where that came from, so stay tuned for even more SILVIA for Android developer info!


FAQ

  • If your phone or tablet meets our minimum specifications, and SILVIA for Android will not run on your phone, our customer support will be happy to help you resolve the problem.

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  • No, it’s only for an Android phone or tablet, v2.2 (Froyo) and up.

    We are launching our Android consumer product line first, for a variety of reasons, mostly strategic. When we do officially support other devices, we will promote and launch those products separately.

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  • SILVIA for Android is a truly conversational intelligence system that runs natively on your device and remembers your conversations and interactions. Because of that conversational memory and our more conversational approach to artificial intelligence, SILVIA for Android acts more like a real assistant, not just a question-and-answer chat-bot. You can get an idea of what we're doing with the quality of SILVIA for Android interactions by taking a look at "Jarvis" from the Iron Man movies.

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  • We are treating all sales/pledges as final. However our customer support will be happy to work with you to help resolve any issues that you may have.

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  • Installation of SILVIA for Android will be very easy with clear simple instructions. However, technical support resources will be available to help you with installation or any other issues you may have.

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  • SILVIA for Android will ship with three basic personality types so we are sure you will find one to suit your style. Also, while SILVIA for Android's default voice is of a female UK English speaker, you may certainly customize SILVIA for Android's voice with any voice font that is compatible with your Android device. We will provide simple instructions for such customization in the SILVIA for Android installer guide.

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  • We will update SILVIA for Android fairly often and we initially expect updates to come once every week or so as we improve the SILVIA for Android experience based on your feedback.

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  • Quite a bit. See the "What will SILVIA for Android do?" section above for details. Post launch, we will be adding support for languages other than English, and we will also be expanding and improving the SILVIA for Android experience based on what our SILVIA for Android users want most. SILVIA for Android development is going to be an ongoing collaborative process between Cognitive Code and the SILVIA for Android users.

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  • Much of the answer to that is our secret. However, we can tell you that we have built the SILVIA Core software based on a unique approach that seems to work quite well.

    Without getting too technical, our approach is based on completely separating our natural language processing (NLP) component layers from our SILVIA Core, which does much of the work behind the scenes. In this way, our NLP system is not dependent on that behind-the-scenes work in the Core, and the Core is not dependent on our NLP components. As a result, we were able to focus on using some new statistical methods with our NLP layers, instead of more explicitly structured language rules. The beneficial effects of this approach include rapid content/application development, language independence, support for "free form" meaning-based user input, and a new "dynamic output" system where SILVIA can creatively construct new output that was not explicitly part of her training data.

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  • Absolutely. Within the application, you can select from several distinct personalities. In addition, your SILVIA for Android learns more about you and your preferences over time. And for those of you who want to REALLY show off to your friends, the optional PERSONALIZATION KIT allows SILVIA for Android users to create and edit their own SILVIA for Android content. Finally, the SILVIA for Android SDK gives software developers the tools they need to create entirely new SILVIA-enabled applications for Android phones.

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  • Yes. We will have an easy-to-use method available if you want to migrate all of your settings and conversational history to a new phone. Your experience from phone to phone will be seamless.

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  • Our SILVIA for Android customer support will have an on-line system for reporting issues. We will be happy to have your feedback to help us continuously improve your SILVIA for Android experience.

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  • SILVIA for Android, the SILVIA for Android Personalization Kit, and the SILVIA for Android SDK will all be released in mid December of 2012. When we ship, you will also have the option to gift any of your products for the holidays.

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  • Not at all. The SILVIA for Android Personalization Kit is for the semi-casual user or hobbyist who wants more control over how SILVIA for Android interacts. The Personalization Kit will include a "user-friendly" version of our SILVIA for Android content management tools, designed for non-programmers to quickly and creatively create and edit SILVIA behaviors.

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  • Our final SILVIA for Android software licensing agreement will have much more legal language or our lawyers would be upset -- but this is the gist of it:

    - You may not bundle your SILVIA for Android apps with another product, unless you are willing to pay our royalty rate based on the gross returns on your ENTIRE product.

    - You must agree sell your SILVIA for Android apps for at least $5 per unit (no freebies).

    - You may not create another broad "personal assistant" application that would compete directly with our SILVIA for Android application. We will have very clear definitions in the licensing agreement, and we will be flexible in our definitions.

    - Per app, for the first $100K in revenue, Cognitive Code will receive 17% of the app's gross revenue.

    - Per app, for the next $900K in revenue (up to $1M), Cognitive Code will receive 15% of the app's gross revenue.

    - Per app, any revenue after $1M Cognitive Code will receive 12% of the app's gross revenue.

    - With both the Personal SDK and the Professional SDK, you may develop any sort of application you wish, with no limits, as long as it is only running on your developer devices, and is for personal or demonstration purposes only. In addition, the Professional SDK gives you the publishing rights/restrictions as outlined above.

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  • Absolutely. At any time during this Kickstarter campaign, or anytime after we launch the product in December, you can upgrade by paying the difference between the two products ($200) and agreeing to the Professional SDK licensing conditions. In fact, this is a great path to getting funded for a small developer. You can buy the Personal SDK, develop your prototype, show it to a backer, and once you have the green light, you can upgrade to our Professional SDK in order to develop the application for publication.

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  • The SILVIA for Android personal assistant application will initially support English only. However, we will begin to add more languages to the application after we launch the product in December.

    IMPORTANT FOR DEVELOPERS: SILVIA for Android developers using our SILVIA for Android SDK may develop applications in any language(s) they choose.

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  • The SILVIA for Android application tiers (including the Personalization Kit) will have online documentation, regularly updated FAQs, and an online help and support system. In some cases we will address your issues personally. However, for commonly reported issues, we may choose to address these more globally with more broadly distributed and posted updates. For developers using our SDK, we will have a dedicated developer site and developer support and our online resources will include manuals, rich SDK documentation, sample projects, a SILVIA for Android developer Wiki, and a developer community with forums and chat.

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  • There are many fine voice products on the market, and we think that is a good thing that these products have raised awareness of intelligent voice solutions as an important feature for consumers.

    Of course, after over 7 years of hard work on our SILVIA Platform, we feel we have something different and unique to offer with our technology, not the least of which is our context sensitive conversational approach to the user experience, and that our technology runs natively on mobile devices, not on servers.

    However, if you are happy with your current voice solution experience, we think that is fine too. However, we would be gratified if you gave SILVIA for Android a try.

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  • All of SILVIA's conversational processing and AI interactions are done on the device itself, and your conversational history is stored on the device as well, in our proprietary compressed format. Because of this special compression, even long conversational histories do not take up a significant amount of storage on your device.

    We intend to add an option for private cloud-based conversational storage for those who want it, and we will also provide an option for those who want to share their conversational histories with Cognitive Code in order to help us improve the SILVIA experience.

    However, by default, your conversations will be stored and encrypted privately and locally on your device only, and SILVIA for Android can be set so that only YOU can access the application after proper authentication.

    Because the data will be uniquely keyed to you, even we at Cognitive Code will not be able to decrypt or otherwise access your personal conversational data without your express permission.

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  • Yes. Please remember that while SILVIA for Android will work outside of the US, our initial launch of the SILVIA for Android application will only support the English language. However, we will be adding support for other languages post-launch.

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  • SILVIA isn't a self-aware system like in the science fiction movies but we do hope that SILVIA for Android will become an important part for your mobile life.

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