It's time for a confession.
I used to have an assistant called Brandy. I drove her nuts, so much so that she went into comedy.
You see, when she had to book my flights, she'd have to remember I'd only fly in Boeings and Airbuses (please, don't ask). And when she had to book my hotels, she had to remember to find out if they had windows that opened.
After awhile, we came to understand each other. She understood that I was mentally impaired. I understood that she understood.
Now, perhaps in a fit of seeing &… Read more
Interactive Voice unveiled a voice-controlled gadget called Ivee Sleek at last year's CES. Although just a prototype in January 2013, the Wi-Fi-enabled personal assistant is now on sale for $229.99. The news of the week is that Ivee Sleek has established a couple of new smart home partnerships with Lowe's Iris and Staples Connect.
For a quick refresher, Ivee Sleek is like your very own in-house personal assistant. It's supposed to be able to answer questions and respond to commands in over 30 different categories. It sort of reminds me of Siri -- just for the … Read more
But as far as we know, those efforts aren't culminating in a personal assistant app. A video circulating around the Internet on Wednesday that showed what looked like a Yahoo-branded personal assistant app isn't directly connected to Yahoo, according to a source familiar with the company's projects.
Web site Android Police reported that the Sunnyvale, … Read more
Which is better: Apple's Siri or Google Now? Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster recently put them both to the test.
First, let's take a look at Siri's performance.
Based on the results of 800 different queries, Siri showed an improvement in iOS 7 when compared to its behavior under iOS 6. Apple's voice assistant answered 79 percent of all the questions and fared better in a noisy environment than it did in last year's test results. Specifically, the latest version of Siri got a higher mark than the previous version for its ability to interpret … Read more
24me Smart Personal Assistant looks and feels like a calendar but manages to do so much more, offering numerous tools to sync financial accounts, tasks, bills, and social connections into a single interface. The result is a sleek, intuitive app that works perfectly for managing all of the daily tasks you might otherwise struggle to keep organized across multiple accounts.
When you first start 24me, you'll be required to set up a new account, or you can connect with Facebook. After this is done, which takes only a couple of seconds, you'll be prompted to connect other accounts. … Read more
For kids, getting parents to understand what they're thinking or feeling can be a challenge all on its own. But having additional speech impairments or developmental delays can make basic communication a serious hurdle.
Developed for three years at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Australia, the app is designed to enable children to express themselves more freely. But the app is not free -- it'll will set you back… Read more
Honda's latest foray into the world beyond cars and bikes may sound like a bit of a leap, but it's the next logical step in the company's line of personal mobility devices.
The Walking Assist Device, which we took a look at back in 2008 but ultimately dates back to 1999, has evolved from an interesting concept that might make walking a bit easier to the subject of a new clinical trial that might help stroke patients improve their mobility.
Honda announced last week that it is currently testing its battery-powered device at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. As with its humanoid bot ASIMO, Honda says its Walking Assist Device uses cooperative control tech the company developed over the course of studying the human gait. Using readings from hip angle sensors of the patient's natural gait, a control computer activates motors to improve the symmetry of the timing of each leg lift and to promote a longer stride. The simple design includes adjustable belts to fit over differently-sized people and clothing.… Read more
Apple's Siri has been the target of a lot of insults. But the latest dig on the infamous voice assistant came from Sunday night's episode of "The Simpsons."
Trying to shop at a bowling ball store called Alley McBalls, Homer discovers that it's been closed to make way for a new Apple store. In frustration, Homer throws his bowling ball at the store's entrance only to have it bounce back and hit him in the head.
A nearby store owner sees Homer's predicament and volunteers to ask Siri for a list of nearby hospitals. In response, Siri tells the store owner that it doesn't see any "hos petals" near him and that it's deleting all contact information.… Read more
The first thing you might ask about the Hiku is why you need a $79 piece of hardware to help you make a grocery list.
The Hiku is a simple-seeming device with a few clever tricks built in. In its most basic mode, you press its only button, and either speak the name of a product or zap it with Hiku's bar code scanner, and that item will show up on Hiku's mobile app-based shopping list. To log unfamiliar UPCs, those from Trader Joe's, for example, Hiku will use crowdsourcing. Scan an unknown code, correct it by … Read more