“Siri, where is the nearest Starbucks?” “Alexa, order me an Uber.” “Suki, let’s get Mr. Jones a two-week run of clarithromycin and schedule him back here for a follow-up in two weeks.” Doesn’t sound that crazy, does it? For years, voice assistants have been changing the way people shop, get around, and manage their home entertainment systems. Now they’re starting to show up someplace even a little more personal: the doctor’s office. The goal isn’t to replace physicians with sentient speakers. Quite the opposite. Drowning in a sea of e-paperwork, docs are quitting, retiring, and scaling back hours in droves. By helping them spend more time listening to patients and less time typing into electronic health records, voice assistants aim to keep physicians from getting burned out. It’s a problem that started when doctors switched from handwritten records to electronic ones. Health care organizations have tried more … [Read more...] about Does Your Doctor Need a Voice Assistant?
BELFAST, Northern Ireland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 1, 2018--Aiqudo, a Voice AI pioneer that lets people use voice commands to execute actions in mobile apps, today announced that they have entered into an agreement for Aiqudo to work with Motorola’s Moto Voice experience globally. Aiqudo’s technology is now available in select Motorola smartphones in major markets around the world in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German and Russian. The technology will integrate seamlessly with the top apps in each market.This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180501005088/en/“With this partnership, Motorola brings Aiqudo’s unique virtual assistant capabilities to tens of millions of customers,” said John Foster, Aiqudo CEO and Co-Founder. “Motorola, who pioneered the mobile phone business, is now pioneering voice as the primary interface to our digital worlds and we are excited to … [Read more...] about Aiqudo Announces Global Voice Assistant Agreement with Motorola
Luxury appliance maker Jenn-Air's Wi-Fi-enabled ovens, ranges, dishwashers and refrigerators will connect with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice assistants and even your Apple Watch, the company has announced. These new partnerships are designed to give you more control over your appliances and connect you to them when you're away. Some of the tasks that you'll be able to do with these new integrations include the ability to start your dishwasher from your phone, use voice commands to preheat your oven and receive notifications about the status of your dishwasher cycles on your Apple Watch.Jenn-Air is owned by Whirlpool, which announced at CES earlier this year the same Amazon, Google and Apple integrations with its Whirlpool-branded connected appliances. The addition of these connected features to the Jenn-Air line show that Whirlpool is serious about making Wi-Fi connections a part of your kitchen routine if you decide to buy into the brand. The … [Read more...] about Jenn-Air’s new appliances connect with voice assistants and your Apple Watch
Xiao Ai will come included with the Mi Mix 2S, but it's available for other Xiaomi handsets in China through updates to MIUI. Don't expect it to reach other countries, however. Apart from its Chinese focus, Xiaomi users in other countries can simply turn to Google Assistant. This is more about filling a gap in Xiaomi's home country than an attempt to dominate the AI space.If anything, Xiaomi is in a race to compete against its fellow Chinese brands. Bloomberg sources recently reported that Huawei is developing its own voice assistant for China, and there's a real chance that Huawei's lead in the country could give it an edge. Xiaomi's launch could give it a head start that mutes Huawei's advantage or lures sales away from smartphone fans who aren't willing to wait. … [Read more...] about Xiaomi’s take on a voice assistant is built for China
Xiaomi has uploaded an English-subtitled video demonstrating Xiao AI, a voice assistant built specifically for Xiaomi phones. As you’ll see, it’s pretty similar in scope to the likes of Siri and Google Assistant, but is clearly tailored for the Chinese market with hooks into WeChat and so on. Xiao AI is preloaded on the new Mi Mix 2S, according to a Xiaomi spokesperson, and can also now be used on other Xiaomi phones with an update to the Chinese version of the MIUI software. For now, Xiao AI isn’t coming to India or any of the other regions outside China where Xiaomi has a strong presence. While Xiaomi did recently announce a partnership with Microsoft that at some point may include integrating the Cortana voice assistant with the Mi AI Speaker, that doesn’t appear to cover phones. Instead, Xiaomi phones in India can use Google Assistant, which of course isn’t available in China at all but does now work in Hindi as well as English. … [Read more...] about Here’s Xiaomi’s voice assistant, Xiao AI