What is Houndify?

Houndify is a platform that allows anyone to add smart, voice-enabled, conversational interfaces to anything with an internet connection. Once you integrate with Houndify, your product will instantly understand a wide variety of questions and commands.

What makes Houndify unique is that rather than being one link in a chain of technologies, Houndify is a one-stop destination for all of the technologies needed to voice enable anything. It includes large scale speech recognition, and combines it with powerful natural language understanding. Houndify is also integrated with many of the most popular data providers, allowing access to information seamlessly.

How do I get started?

You don't need to be a scientist to use Houndify. Developers can get up and running within minutes. It’s also platform agnostic, so you can build it once and deploy it everywhere. Take a look at our Quick Start guide to get your Houndify-powered client up and running.

Where is the Houndify platform available?

Houndify is available globally, but several of the domains are optimized for use in the U.S. (e.g. local search). We plan to support more countries in the future for these domains, but we don’t have specific timelines for when it might be available in other areas.

Can I use Houndify for different languages?

Houndify is currently available in English, and we’re working to make it support more languages in the future. Stay tuned!

What are Houndified Domains?

Domains are programs that allow the Houndify server to respond to queries for a certain topic. For example, the Weather domain allows Houndify to understand weather queries such as "What's the temperature in San Francisco?" and then ask "How about in San Jose?" As a developer, you can choose the Domains that your client will understand. You can learn more about domains here.

What if I only want to do speech to text?

Houndify performs both recognition (speech to text) and understanding (natural language and context parsing). If you only want to use the recognition feature, you should only enable the "Speech To Text Only" domain for your client.

Can I create a custom domain?

Currently, Houndify supports adding Custom Commands that allow you to add your own custom phrases and queries. Full custom domains are not publicly available at the moment, but we’re working hard to give our developer community this ability soon. Click here to let us know you’re interested in creating a custom domain, and we'll keep you updated.

Which SDKs are available for Houndify?

While we’re working to implement new SDKs, here’s a list of what’s currently available:

  • Android
  • iOS
  • C++
  • Web
  • Python
  • Java
  • C Sharp

For more information, and to download the SDKs, please click here.

How much does it cost to use Houndify?

Houndify works on a credit system. Each query made to the Houndify API costs some number of credits. There are both Free and premium plans available. You can find more detailed pricing information here.

What browsers work best with Houndify?

To make sure you have best experience possible, we recommend using the most up-to-date version of one of the following browsers:

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Safari
  • Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Edge

Have other questions?

Contact us with your question and a member of our support team will be in touch with you shortly!