On 19th April 2017, IBM Watson IoT and Harman Professional Solutions announced about Voice-Enabled Cognitive Rooms. By integrating both the technologies, the companies want to provide highly connected experience to medical facilities, corporate offices, hotels, cruise ships and other hospitality environments.
Harman is going to use IBM Watson IoT and cognitive technology to incorporate AI into its microphones, speakers, and audiovisual equipment. Their main objective is to make users ask questions or issue commands to the products using natural language. These requests are first sent to the IBM Watson Cloud, which works with Watson IoT platform enabling these in-room systems to work via voice control.
“The enterprise and entertainment market possibilities are massive, as IBM and HARMAN seek to connect people more intimately with their environments through cognition and natural language processing,” said Harriet Green, General Manager, Watson Internet of Things, Customer Engagement, and Education, IBM.
The collaboration is centered around bringing the power of Watson and AI to connected environments ranging from hotels, hospitals, and offices. With the help of Watson APIs such as Natural language understanding and Speech to Text, these cognitive rooms will also provide a closer level of interaction to specially abled users.