As voice-recognition technology including Apple's Siri software advances, one online travel agency has released the first-ever iPhone and iPad app that allows users to search for flights by speaking their request, instead of typing it out.
CheapAir.com released its new mobile app Tuesday featuring a voice-activated flight search function. The talk-to-search app can be used on several devices including the iPhone 4S and iPad 3. The app is available free from Apple's app store.
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Users of the app can still type their search parameters in, but the new functionality translates spoken words into a travel query for flight results.
The app uses semantic language technology that was first developed by CheapAir.com for its Easy Search free-form website search, which allows users to search for flights by typing out their request conversationally in a single field instead of adding each search parameter—cities, dates and number of travelers—in a unique form.
App results display flight options along with amenity information, such as whether or not Wi-Fi is available or if the flight offers personal video monitors or live TV. (Read more: In-Flight Entertainment: What You Get on Each Airline)
"We know that more and more travelers want to research flight options with their phones," said Jeff Klee, CheapAir.com's chief executive, in a prepared statement. "We want to make it easy to check flights while out with friends, walking to the subway, or wherever our customers are."
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