TravellingWave develops software, using voice recognition technology, for entering text into mobile devices.
The technology, known as "Voice Prediction" combines voice recognition with keystrokes or touch
gestures, to greatly accelerate text input. The result is an extremely simple, fast, and enhanced interface
for text entry called VoicePredict™.
Supported by National Science Foundation (NSF)
TravellingWave has been mainly supported by the prestigious US federal agency, the National Science Foundation,
under the Small Business Investigation Research (SBIR) program. The company has received four grants to date
(SBIR Phase-I, Phase-IB, Phase-II, Phase-IIS) and its SBIR Phase-IIS grant is currently active.
Collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)
TravellingWave is conducting collaborative research with CMU in the area of assistive technology. The project involves developing a voice user intarface for the elderly, disabled, and handicapped; working with faculty and students from the computer science department, the human-machine interface laboratory, and the Quality of Life Technology center of CMU.
TravellingWave has been primarily funded by the company founder. Additionally, the company is backed by distinguished Angels in Seattle, who in addition to investing in the
company's series-A round, lend their background and industry experience to continue to hone TravellingWave's
business models and go-to-market strategies.
The TravellingWave name
In 1962, Georg von Békésy received the Nobel Prize for discovering patterns of mechanical motion in the inner ear called "Travelling Wave". The Travelling Wave is fundamental to the human auditory system's ability to resolve frequency. It is known that sound travels down the ear canal to the cochlea, where it generates ripples in the form of a travelling wave on the basilar membrane, subsequently resulting in neural firings that are transmitted to the brain. But why does the wave travel? How do stimuli get represented in the auditory nerve fiber? How are complex sounds processed and represented by the human brain? These questions continue to engage curiosity.