Siri, the velvet-voiced iOS assistant who can give you directions, do Mathematics and chat with you about Game of Thrones, is associated with Apple.
But it wasn’t made by Apple; it was originally launched by Stanford Research Institute as a spin-off company, led by Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyer and Tom Gruber in 2007 and was sold off to Apple in 2010.
After 6 years, Cheyer and Kittlaus are back with Super-Smart VIV, which, will be publicly demonstrated at an industry conference on May 9,2016, according to the Washington Post.
What is so special about this Super-Smart VIV
Viv has been in development for many years and also received a funding of $12.5 million in February 2015.
However, it’ll take things one step further than Siri as it’ll actually let you do stuff without touching your phone or downloading an app.
For example, you will be able to order a pizza from start to finish or get an Uber car in front of your house without touching your phone.
To achieve this Cheyer and Kittlaus have partnered with about 50 companies, like Uber, Ivve, Zocdoc, SeatGuru, and Grubhub.
How is it different from Siri?
Siri can also order a pizza, but you have to tap something on your phone to finish the order.
Viv will be able to handle complex requests.
For instance, you ask Viv to book you a movie and dinner, and it would go ahead and do it.
On the other hand, Siri can handle only one question at a time and then take you over to Fandango and OpenTable to make your purchases.
Who will be its prospective buyer?
According to the report, several companies, including Facebook and Google want to court Viv, but its founders are ambiguous about selling it.
Actually, it’s founders want their new assistant to get inside cars,TVs, and all kinds of connected devices.
Microsoft’s got Cortana, Google’s got its Google Now helper, and Amazon has Alexa, all of them are completely bypassing the smartphone.
Therefore, we’re looking forward to learning more about Super-smart VIV on Monday.