Ramble by Sunil Bahl @SunMatrix
22Mar/18Off

I-VIE the Watson Assistant from IBM

The war of the digital assistants just got a new entrant. IBM has recently revealed the Watson Assistant, that is designed for enterprises to use with their customer-facing applications. The video below shows some of the use cases that make the Watson Assistant I-VIE seem like an enhanced version of Alexa and Google Assistant put together, that eventually hopes to be more like J.A.R.V.I.S. from Iron Man.

What this reinforces is that while Alexa and Google Assistant have momentum with consumer use cases, enterprises have strong interest in having more control over the customer experience and data. So it comes as no surprise that Amazon introduced Alexa for Business in December 2017 and set its sights beyond the kitchens and bedrooms.

The battle for enterprise assistant market share is shaping up to be every bit as competitive as the current war for consumer voice assistant users.

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25Sep/17Off

The Nike NBA Connected Jersey

To provide a radical new fan experience, Nike and the NBA have unveiled the Nike NBA Connected Jersey, that via an iOS NikeConnect app provides the wearer an all-access pass into the world of their favorite team and players.

To enable this new exprience each adult-sized Nike NBA Connected Jersey will now come with an embedded NFC chip that will launch real-time team and player content such as pregame arrival footage, highlight packages and top players favorite music playlists – all on the jersey owner's mobile device. Additionally during the season, a wealth of exclusive offers and experiences will also bring fans closer to the game they love.

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5Sep/17Off

A Can Size for Every Aussie

In 2016, Kraft commissioned a consumer and shopper research to understand consumer usage of Heinz beans and spaghetti. The research showed that Australians are now looking for ideal can sizes to suit different occasions.

So to help launch four new sizes of its Heinz baked bean cans, Kraft created a three-minute life narrative of Geoff, a man addicted to beans, and his future wife in the spaghetti department. Watch the film to see how Geoff came to invent the range of can sizes perfect for every Aussie.

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19May/17Off

The Day Shazam Forgot

Most people think that memory loss, one of the main symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, only affects those in late life. But the disease can actually affect people as young as 40. There are over 40,000 people under 65 living with dementia in the UK.

So to educate the younger audience about the effects of Alzheimer's, Alzheimer’s Research UK partnered with Shazam and gave the app the debilitating symptoms of the disease, giving users a hard hitting insight into the daily struggles people suffering from Alzheimer's have to face.

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10May/17Off

The intelligent car from Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz has recently announced that all of its 2016 and 2017 vehicles in the US would now be able to connect with both Amazon and Google’s digital voice assistants.

With the help of this integration Mercedes owners can now instruct their Amazon Echo or Google Home to remotely start or lock their vehicles, as well as send addresses to their in-car navigation system. The video below however shows Mercedes-Benz creating an intelligent ecosystem around its cars with the help of cutting-edge technology.

Mercedes isn't the first automaker to recognise the potential of artificially intelligent
third party digital voice assistants. At CES earlier this year, Ford unveiled its plan to roll out Alexa-equipped vehicles. Around the same time, Hyundai announced a new partnership with Google to add voice control through the Google Home.

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