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Weekly Digest: Voice Powers Clocks, Vacuums, and Gas Station Payments
Samsung’s new Bixby-powered vacuum cleaner doubles as pet sitter
Samsung Electronics designed Jet Bot AI+*, a new robot vacuum cleaner that can analyze users’ natural behaviors. Integrated Bixby voice assistant gives the device a friendly personality, as well as the ability to analyze situations. By roaming in designated spaces the Jet Bot AI+* enables users to check in on their home and pets, and allows them to use connected devices to adjust the temperature or lighting to alleviate any anxiety that their pets may be experiencing. Via Samsung Newsroom.
Lenovo launches new clock powered by Google Assistant
Lenovo announced the new Lenovo Smart Clock 2. Powered by Google Assistant, the new device can come with an optional wireless charging dock that can also act as what Lenovo describes as “a soft, ambient nightlight.” The new Smart Clock has an updated design with three color options that blend in with “nearly any home decor.” And 85 percent of the plastic on the device is made from recycled materials. Via The Verge.
Cerence’s new partnership allows for voice payments at European gas stations
Cerence partnered with mobile payment firm Ryd Pay to enable drivers in Europe to pay for gas from their cars with voice commands. The arrangement brings Ryd into the Cerence Pay platform so that cars with Cerence-powered voice assistants can interact with the digital payment systems at gas stations to purchase fuel. Via Voicebot.ai.
Facebook shares two Conversational AI datasets
Facebook AI shared two new datasets – TOPv2; and MTOP– to help develop sophisticated and effective Conversational AI systems. According to the researchers, the TOPv2 dataset is a large-scale multi-domain task-oriented semantic parsing dataset with eight domains and more than 180k annotated samples. While MTOP data set is a multilingual task-oriented parsing data set with about 100K total utterances spanning six languages, 11 domains, and 117 intent categories. Via Analytics India Magazine.