Friday, August 19, 2011

Need Help Shopping? MyBantu Gives it a Go With APIs

MyBantu is an interesting little mashup, available as an iPhone app, an Android app, and a website. Its goal is to make shopping for anything, especially restaurants and movies, easier and more social. It uses Yelp API, Netflix API and various others to make it happen. It’s very similar in idea to Siri, the “ultimate mashup” that Apple later gobbled up in the largest mashup acquisition ever.

Unlike Siri, myBantu doesn’t have integrated speech to text technology, but it does have decent natural language processing. It does some of the things Siri does, but lacks the ability to search weather reports and book taxis. MyBantu seems more focused, being mostly about helping you have a fun night out, where Siri seems a bit more comprehensive with its personal assistant features.


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