Amazon has dominated the voice assistant market when it comes to smart speakers and other devices that support its A.I. assistant Alexa. Even with Alexa’s seeming ubiquity, the voice assistant isn’t the one that people interact with the most. That’s because, despite the popularity of smart speakers, the devices are nowhere near as popular as phones. And when it comes to mobile devices, Siri and Google Assistant still reign as the most popular of the bunch. A new study conducted by Microsoft found that Apple’s voice assistant Siri and Google Assistant remain the most used A.I. assistants worldwide, with nearly identical usage rates. For both voice assistants, 36% of people surveyed by Microsoft said they have interacted with the respective A.I.s. Alexa ranked third in the survey, with one out of four people surveyed saying they have used the voice assistant. About 19% of people said they have interacted with Microsoft’s Cortona, despite the fact that few … [Read more...] about Survey says Siri and Google Assistant are the most used voice assistants
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The United States has 41 million native Spanish speakers living in the country today, and another 11.6 million people who are bilingual. Despite that, Amazon’s Alexa — the most popular voice assistant available in the U. S. — almost exclusively speaks English. That’s about to change. Amazon has announced that it will be introducing support for the Spanish language in its Alexa Skills Kit, the software development tool that developers use to create apps and skills for the voice assistant. Amazon’s rollout for Spanish-language skills will start later this week. Developers will be able to create new skills that use Spanish-language voice commands, which will be reviewed by Amazon to be certified for publication. Once approved, users will be able to download the skills from the Alexa Skills Store. Those skills will be available to users who are enrolled in the Alexa Preview program, who get to see features before the general public. Amazon will add … [Read more...] about Hola, Alexa. Voice assistant will soon add support for Spanish speakers
WHILE everyone has heard of Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant you may not know that Samsung have their own AI helper. Bixby is designed primarily to work on your smartphone, where it aims to help you get things done more quickly. Here's what we know. What is Bixby? Samsung describes Bixby as, "the revolutionary on-board assistant that learns, evolves, and adapts to you. Each feature of Bixby is designed to make your life easier, whether it's through touch, type, or voice. “Samsung has a conceptually new philosophy to target this problem: instead of humans learning how a machine interacts with the world (a reflection of the designers’ abilities), it is the machine that needs to learn and adapt to us. "The interface must be natural and intuitive enough to flatten the learning curve regardless of the number of functions being added. "With this new approach, Samsung has employed artificial intelligence, reinforcing deep learning concepts to the core of our user interface … [Read more...] about What is Bixby, how does Samsung’s voice assistant work and how does it compare to Alexa, Siri and Google?
Regardless of whether you own an Amazon device, you’ve probably heard the name “Alexa.” It’s the name you call out when you have a question — provided you own an Amazon Echo device or Alexa-enabled speaker. Amazon’s virtual assistant is a female voice that talks to you in a conversational manner, ready to help you with many things. It has been integrated into several of the company’s products and is starting to find its way into third-party devices, like GE lamps and the Sonos One speaker. Alexa can perform a variety of simple tasks, like playing music, but it can also be used to control smart-home gadgets, giving it the ability to dim the lights, lock the doors, or adjust the thermostat. While “Alexa” has become synonymous with products like the Amazon Echo and has been a major selling point for devices like the Amazon Fire TV, you can’t actually go out and buy an “Alexa.” You need to have a device … [Read more...] about What is Alexa? It’s Amazon’s virtual voice assistant
We’ve all had those moments in the bathroom where we’ve had a pressing question come to mind and been uh, too occupied at the time to get an answer. Well, here’s one way to solve that problem. American manufacturing company Kohler is showing off an all-new toilet at CES 2019 that has support for voice assistants built right into it. The Kohler Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet exists in a space somewhere between luxury and excess. According to the company, the toilet has practical features like water efficiency checks that make sure you’re never using more water than necessary. It has convenient features like smart lighting that makes it easy to see your way around the bathroom even in the dead of night — and those lights are interactive, multicolored, and dynamic so they can adjust to the setting. It even has personalized cleansing functions that make sure the toilet is set to your specifications, including a heated seat and drying functionality. Then … [Read more...] about Alexa is everywhere: Kohler’s smart toilet brings voice assistant into bathroom