Today, a new personal assistant was officially unveiled. At an event hosted by TechCrunch, the co-founder of Apple’s Siri debuted the new personal digital assistant. Its name is Viv. You may ask, why does there need to be another personal assistant? We already have Google Now, Siri, and Microsoft’s Cortana.
The purpose in creating Viv is to “radically simplify the world by providing an intelligent interface to everything.” And everything is right. The demo shown gives viewers a preview of how deeply integrated this personal assistant can be. You can see that the capabilities of Viv surpass that of the more common personal assistants. Dag Kittlaus, the co-founder of Siri, showed the audience how you can ask what the weather was three weeks ago and even more complex queries. The data came from Weather Underground and was displayed intuitively on the Viv app. As more apps tap in to Viv, the more info the end-user can access in a simpler manner.
The creators of Viv want this power of intelligence to become a utility. Much like WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and Search are utilities, the intelligence in Viv should be another essential in the technology world.
After showing the breakthrough computer science that contributed to the powerful capabilities that Viv possesses, Dag continued to show Viv’s other capabilities. With the connection to virtually any app, Dag was able to tell Viv “send $20 to Alex”. Viv then proceeded, within milliseconds, to prepare the $20 to send via Venmo to his friend, Alex. Without even opening the app, Dag was able to complete a task by simply talking.
The creators of Viv see this technology extremely simplifying the tasks that we do daily on our phones. As Viv continues to be developed and integrated, it will be interesting to see the end-user response to Viv’s capabilities and how other technologies will adapt to what Viv can do. Keep an eye out for Viv in the future because it could very well take the tech industry by storm.
Here’s the video of the official demonstration below:
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