August 19, 2015

New Internet search engine’s creators launch Kickstarter funding campaign

Former UAH associate education professor Dr. Philip Kovacs, left, and UAH assistant professor of
English Dr. Ryan Weber have launched a Kickstarter funding effort to further develop
their Complexity Engine web search product. Michael Mercier / UAH

(August 19, 2015)  The developers of an educational Internet search engine that they say could eventually revolutionize the search function have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund further refinements.

Dr. Philip Kovacs' company, Vastly Inc., is seeking $250,000 through Kickstarter for its Complexity Engine educational Internet search engine, the patent-pending technologies for which are licensed from The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).

Dr. Kovacs is a former associate education professor at UAH who pioneered development of the technologies while at the university. His collaborator, UAH Assistant Professor of English Dr. Ryan Weber, is managing communications for the young company.

Complexity Engine uses a sophisticated algorithm to search websites for content and delivers free, customized and age-appropriate reading materials to a user's computer. In an educational setting, it promises to give teachers, parents and students an efficient, affordable way to promote reading. Teachers and administrators can set parameters for the search results, and the reading experience can be either student self-directed or guided by the teacher.

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