Samsung have acquired Viv, the newest artificial intelligence software from the creators of Apple's Siri. Viv CEO, Dag Kittlaus presented a demo of the new software at TechCrunch Disrupt NY.
Just like Siri, the AI system is capable of determining what you're looking for by intelligently analyzing what you've said and determining it's meaning. For example, asking what the weather will be like tomorrow is an easy task for most mobile assistants, but in Viv's Demo, Dag asks what the weather was like in Seatle three Thursdays ago. Viv was capable of understanding the request, do the calendar maths and displayed the detailed answer.
The developers are looking to revolutionize the personal assistant on our mobile devices by creating, what they call, conversational commerce. One of the detailed examples shows Dag order and send flowers to his mother from start to end just from speaking to Viv.
Viv's process looks clean smooth and fast and everything is complete on the web or via a 3rd party app. Viv easily navigates the florist's website and bring you right through the purchase.
You can watch the full demo here:
One of the really cool things that Viv has that Siri does not, is a developers platform. So if you're any good at coding, you'll be able to add more customized services.
Samsung acquired the company on October 5th, though Viv will operate independently to the electronics giant. The announcement follows closely after Google's announcement of Assistant during the launch of their new phone Pixel.
It looks like the mobile personal assistant race has officially started but is this a feature we want here in Ireland?