NORTEK has bought voice control platform Nuiku, which allows speech control of home automation solutions, for an undisclosed sum. A special incubation team has been set the task of activating the technology by turning apps into personal assistants. 

Nuiku’s patented integration engine links voice commands with back-end user information to analyze commands and perform actions based on requests. The technology adapts to user behavior, prompting, reminding and suggesting actions to them based on frequency of use and historical actions, according to Nortek.

“Nuiku is a leader in natural language processing and a terrific addition to our home automation capabilities,” said Nortek President and Chief Executive Officer Michael J. Clarke. “The acquisition of the Nuiku technology adds key software capabilities to our portfolio of technology solutions, as well as seasoned engineers that are aligned with our focus of driving innovation across our businesses.

“We believe this acquisition will result in new, innovative combinations of our products that advance our position in the markets we serve.” 

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