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Weekly Digest: Rise of Voice Shopping and Metaverse Race
Voicebot Research: voice shopping in the U.S. rises to 45 million in 2021
Voicebot Research found that in 2021 45.2 million U.S. adults have used voice to shop for a product at least once. This is 120% growth and a 30% compound annual growth rate from 20.5 in 2018. Voicebot.ai.
Baidu unveils metaverse full of virtual characters
The Beijing tech giant has launched a version of its metaverse enabling customers to use digital avatars to interact virtually and visit virtual locations on its new app XiRang. Users can access the app on mobile phones and laptops using virtual reality headsets manufactured by Chinese company Pico. Via The Street.
Zoom introduces its first smart TV app
From now on, owners of an Amazon Fire TV Omni are able to do video calls from their TV thanks to Zoom’s first smart TV app. When combined with a compatible webcam, it enables users to make Zoom calls an 8 to 10-foot experience. Via Digital Trends.
Amazon’s Alexa becomes a driving instructor
Alexa’s Teachable AI feature equips the automotive version of the voice assistant with the ability to ask follow-up questions and learn to infer meaning from a driver’s statements or learn their preferences through direct instruction. Via Voicebot.ai.