Tempo is the latest smart calendar app that seeks to replace the native calendar apps on smartphones. The technology driving the app is from the same U.S. Defense Department’s DARPA SRI-led research that produced Apple’s Siri and Yahoo’s Summly. Search Engine Land brought this news to our attention in their article, Tempo “Calendar Assistant” Uses Search Like Google Now.”

The original DARPA project was called CALO, which stands for Cognitive Assistant that Learns and Organizes.

Tempo is a little different from technology like Siri, in that its core capabilities are drawn from a different aspect of the CALO project. Tempo integrates with smartphone users’ contacts, existing calendar, email, and social networks to create a more “actionable” user experience than a conventional calendar.

Melody K. Smith

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