Is Voice Control the Next Logical Step for User Interaction in a Future Smart Home?

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2Q 2014 | IN-1019276

IBM Acquires Virtual Assistant Technology Start-up


IBM announced its acquisition of software start-up Cognea, which will become part of IBM's Watson cognitive computing platform. Home automation platform developers such as iControl, AlertMe, and Zanoff in the recent past have tried to integrated virtual assistant technology in home automation systems.

Voice Control Applications in Home Automation


IBM’s Watson group business unit was launched with a budget of US$100 million to expand the Watson ecosystem. Since its formation, the group has invested in Welltok, a digital healthcare platform, and Fluid, which is building a cognitive shopping assistant, and more recently the Cognea acquisition, which are all part of the effort to expand IBM’s conversational s...

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