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Ford are collaborating with Amazon to put their cloud-based voice service, Alexa, into their cars. Drivers will be able to play music, search for directions, as well as add items to their shopping list all through voice commands. Users with an Echo device at home can even control their car from their couch, whether this is starting it or simply locking the doors.
Household takeout: In the race to make voice the primary method we use to control our devices, Ford are the first car manufacture to integrate this technology. Create more intuitive retail interactions by using voice control to simplify the purchasing process in store or online.
THE MOTION OF EMOTION
Emotech have launched a new smart assistant-device, called Olly. Although functionality is similar to Amazon’s Echo or Google Home, it has one thing they lack, a personality. Olly will develop its own personality based on conversations with the owner, using colour and movement to express this. Deep learning AI allows it to not only become like you, but also predict your behaviours and respond accordingly. This is shown by the two robots at CES, an energetic chatty one, and a more reserved one.
Household takeout: Intelligent systems that establish an emotional connection give a new dimension to AI. Talk to us about integrating emotionally-aware and responsive touchpoints within your customer experience.
IT’S IN YOUR HEAD(SET)
171 million VR users are forecast by 2018 (Statista, 2016).
Intel have unveiled Project Alloy, a headset that combines virtual and augmented reality technologies to create a ‘merged reality’. The device can either fully immerse the user or project images onto your current surroundings. It can even detect the user’s hands as they interact with the space. Intel showed visitors potential uses of the tech, from ‘court-side’ views of sporting matches to industrial applications such as inspecting a power plant live from a drone. The freedom users will have when wearing the device sets it apart from competitors as all the computing is integrated into it, with nothing to restrict the user.
Household takeout: As the debate continues on whether VR will take off, Intel are illustrating the exciting range of it’s real world applications. Combining virtual worlds with reality gives retailers endless opportunities for innovative, immersive experiences.