virtual assistant

AI game trainer Gosu.ai raises $1.9M to give gamers a virtual assistant

If you play hardcore and competitive games, you want to win, so it would be useful to have someone leaning over your shoulder giving you tips on how to play better. Someone who knows all your moves an

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 wants to turn the camera into a new home screen

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 is an update that mostly sticks to the look and feel of the previous generation device, which is probably a big reason why the company is focusing specifically on the flagshi

Virtual travel assistant Mezi acquired by American Express

American Express announced today that it has acquired Mezi, the AI-based virtual travel assistant, for an undisclosed amount. After the deal closes, Mezi will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amer

AI voice assistant developer Rokid raises $100M Series B extension to build its US presence

Rokid, a Chinese startup that makes an AI voice assistant and smart devices, just raised a Series B extension round led by Temasek Holdings, with participation from Credit Suisse, IDG Capital and CDIB

Kia and Hyundai cars will include AI assistants starting in 2019

Vehicles made by Korean carmakers Hyundai and Kia will include built-in virtual assistants with AI-powered smarts beginning in 2019 (via Engadget). The plan to build smart assistants into vehicles wil

Sony reboots Aibo with AI and extra kawaii

The rumors had it right: Sony is rebooting its robot dog, Aibo, announcing a new four-legged companion AI-powered bot incoming with the same brand name but more rounded corners and visible facial fea

Another AI chatbot shown spouting offensive views

Yandex, Russia's homegrown Google rival -- which offers a suite of similar products in its target non-U.S. markets, from search to webmail to maps -- outed another equivalent offering earlier this mo

Amazon to open visually focused AI research hub in Germany

Ecommerce giant Amazon has announced a new research center in Germany focused on AI and on improving customer experience especially in visual systems.

BMW to bring Alexa to its cars starting in 2018

Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant will be your cockpit companion in future BMWs: The automaker will offer Alexa in select cars starting in 2018, Amazon announced today at a special event revealing

Putting the voice assistant speaker craze in context

If you believe the hype, homes in the US are already lousy with speakers containing embodied AI -- the most high profile being Amazon's Echo, in its various incarnations, whose Alexa voice assistant c

Microsoft unveils a Cortana-powered thermostat

The latest addition to the smart thermostat space is a product that includes Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant. We’re all familiar with the rise of the internet-enabled thermostats, th

Siri gets language translation and a more human voice

Siri is getting less dumb and a little bit more human. That's not a contradiction. Apple’s voice assistant is getting a more clear, human voice in both female and male intonations alongside some new

Alexa, don’t talk to strangers!

"Alexa, how do you hide a body?" Vocal identification is a complicated thing. Alexa doesn’t identify individual users; all us humans are the same. And because Echo has no user identification process

Amazon beefs up drone delivery R&D in Cambridge

Amazon is expanding its R&D facilities in Cambridge, UK, with a plan to move into a new 60,000sq ft site in the city with capacity for more than 400 staff.

Google now lets hardware developers tinker with its Assistant

Google has long said that it wants to open up its Assistant to a broader ecosystem of hardware companies and developers. Today it's taking a major step in this direction with the launch of the Google

Domino’s now lets you order from its full menu via Messenger – no setup or account required

Domino’s is about to put its ordering bot, Dom, to a big test. Just ahead of Super Bowl weekend, the pizza chain is rolling out the ability to order off its full menu via Facebook Messenger &#

Starbucks unveils a virtual assistant that takes your order via messaging or voice

Starbucks is embracing the trend towards voice-based computing with the launch of a new feature in its mobile app called My Starbucks barista, which allows customers to order and pay for their food an

Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana gets a revamp on Android and iOS

In the battle of the virtual assistants, Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant and Microsoft’s Cortana, the latter hasn’t had much success off the Windows 10 platform — its iOS app is ranke

Voice recognition technology is expediting the race to frictionless retail

You’re a sales associate at a big-box retailer and a customer just asked whether the latest iPhone 7 is in stock. You proceed to ask your colleague, Stuart, the same question, and he tells you the p

Google Home brings Google’s smarts to your living room

Google Home is an interesting product to review. In a way, it’s just an internet-connected microphone and speaker array that draws all of its smarts from the cloud. On the other hand, it’
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