The founder of Buy Me a Coffee has created an AI-powered voice memo app | TechCrunch

AI tools like OpenAI’s Whisper have allowed many apps to make transcription an integral part of their personal note-taking feature set, and the space has quickly blossomed as a result. Apps like AudioPen, Cleft Notes, and TalkNotes have proliferated in app stores and on the Internet, but most of them offer a fairly limited feature set: They let you take notes and transcribe them, while some offer summarization features, but there are plenty of options that are need to be covered. the conditions of the functions offered.

The newest app in the space is Voicenotes. Created by Buy Me and Coffee founder Jijo Sunny and his wife Aleesha, Voicenotes aims to differentiate itself by including an AI assistant that lets you ask questions about your past notes, in addition to providing various features such as summaries and various formatting. options.

The developers said in the video that after suffering a miscarriage to distract themselves, they started building a voice memo tool with Jijo’s brother and Buy Me a Coffee co-founder Joseph Sunny. When the couple consulted the health professionals, they took lots of voice notes to capture all the things the nurses and doctors said so they could recall the information later. This also encouraged the idea of ​​having a transcription tool handy so they didn’t have to replay the notes over and over again to remember the details.

Jijo and Aleesha delivered the first version of the app to select testers in March and released the web app in April.

The application itself

The Voicenotes web app doesn’t require you to sign in – you can directly press record and start speaking and the app will transcribe.

You can only record voice memos for the one minute you pay for the tool. Once you stop recording, you can tag, edit and re-title notes with AI. It also allows you to use AI to reformat the note – turning it into a blog post, tweet, to-do list or email – and the app will also generate a summary of the note and list the main points.

There’s also an “Ask my AI” feature that lets you verbally search your notes with an AI assistant — if you want to remember which brand of dishwashing detergent you added to your grocery list two months ago, for example.

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The company has now released apps for both iOS and Android. This is a big plus since Cleft Notes only works on Mac and iOS (still in beta). While AudioPen can be accessed as a web app from anywhere, it can’t record in the background on iOS – recording stops if your smartphone screen locks or you switch to another app.

Voicenotes also uses AI to nudge you with prompts to answer and record some notes.

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Competition and schedule

Voice Memos brings some useful features, but as we’ve mentioned, it’s entering a space that’s growing rapidly. It also has to contend with competition that brings better features. For example, Cleft Notes allows transcribing to the device (an important point because it keeps your notes private instead of sending them to a server for transcribing), has better integration with Apple, and lets you record notes up to 10 minutes long in the free tier. AudioPen gives you a lot of additional options for formatting your notes, which some may find useful.

In addition to competing with other AI-powered voice memo apps, Voicenotes also has to compete with native apps like Google Recorder on the Pixel and Samsung Transcribe Assist — both of which are only available on select models, but may make their way to other models. technological progress.

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The biggest risk for all of these apps would be if Apple added transcription to its Voice Memos apps, as that would essentially make third-party apps redundant on iOS devices. Still, it can be useful to offer cross-platform compatibility, better formatting options, and other features.

You can try Voicenotes for free or pay $10 per month to unlock access to better models like GPT-4 Turbo and Claude Opus, as well as remove the note length limitation. For a limited time, you can also pay $50 for a “believer” plan and get access to the app for life (read: as long as the developer supports it). The company said it has already received $100,000 in subscription revenue.

Jijo told TechCrunch via email that what will set the app apart will be its “simple yet elegant design,” use of the best AI models, and “Ask My AI” feature.

He added that Voicenotes will soon be available on smartwatches as well, as he wants to expand its functionality across platforms as a real-time assistant. In addition, it also works to turn voice memos into to-do lists with reminders.