May 19, 2020

Amazon plans to release eight additional Alexa devices by the end of the year

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Amazon plans to release eight additional Alexa devices by the end of the year
Amazon aims to launch eight new Alexa-powered devices by the end of the year, according to CNBC
 
The devices will reportedly include a microwave oven, a subwoofer, an amplifier, and an in-car device among others, with each product featuring Alexa’s voice-activated software.
 
CNBC said that its source indicated a full reveal of these devices at an event in late September.
 
Amazon has previously launched its Echo smart speakers with the implied long-term goal of building a connected ecosystem of devices in people’s homes.
 
This rumoured range of home appliances would be the first to feature Amazon’s popular voice assistant, Alexa.
 
CNBC noted that Amazon would be entering a market with established products, mentioning Sonos’s smart amplifier and subwoofer, GE’s smart microwave, and Garmin’s Alexa-enabled dash cam.
 
Amazon has not disclosed precise sales figures for the Echo, it’s Alexa-based smart speaker, but has previously reported that tens of millions of units have been distributed globally.
 
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The ecommerce giant’s commitment to increased penetration in the smart device market was signalled by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s statement in July:
 
“There are now tens of thousands of developers across more than 150 countries building new devices using the Alexa Voice Service, and the number of Alexa-enabled devices has more than tripled in the past year”.
 
Bloomberg also reported in May that Lennar Corp, a home construction company, had agreed to feature built-in Echo devices in its model homes, serving simultaneously as Amazon Experience Centers.
 
“As one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, Lennar offers the potential to enable this experience within easy driving distance of millions of customers”, Nish Lathia, general manager of Amazon Services, said at the time.

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Jul 18, 2021

Ivy.ai’s new chatbot streamlines resources and policies

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Ivy.ai can streamline resources and policies related to name, image and likeness through its chatbot to provide a seamless experience for student-athletes

Ivy.ai, a creator of AI chatbots for higher education, is offering a chatbot that helps institutions streamline name, image, and likeness policies for athletic programmes. 

This solution will allow athletic departments to dramatically reduce inbound inquiries while answering inquiries related to compliance, financial aid impact, how-to documents, and best practice training videos.

It will allow institutions to condense information in a way that is easily accessible and eliminates the need for student-athletes to read complicated manuals. Institutions can also engage with student-athletes via a real-time feedback loop to see which topics truly matter and what needs further clarification. This allows administrators to be proactive and provide a competitive edge in recruiting. 

 

Helping institutions connect their students with information

 

“Athletic departments at colleges and universities are overwhelmed by the challenges posed by the name, image and likeness legislation,” said Mary Frances Coryell, Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Partnership. 

“Ivy.ai is uniquely positioned in the market to help institutions connect their student-athletes with policies and information related to NIL such as state laws, restrictions and relevant contacts. Our chatbot can digest all relevant policy information and provide answers to student-athletes at any time on any device. We expect the NIL market to move quickly, so student-athletes deserve the answers on their terms, rather than exclusively during work hours.”
 

Primary use cases for the chatbot include:

  • Answering commonly asked questions related to name, image and likeness
  • Communicate policies such as state laws, restrictions and compliance regulations
  • Provide contact information for various advisors and agencies
  • Connect training materials for athletes to improve their branding
  • Engage in two-way reactive and proactive communication to keep policies student-centric

 

Back in March 2020, the company offered schools a free COVID-19 Response System, including a customisable COVID-19 Response Bot, a human-to-human live chat system and an SMS Text platform. These services are offered completely free of charge. 


"The customisable COVID-19 Response Bot will help schools connect their students with important information, such as the school's operational status, where to go for treatment, and what to do to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus. We already added that information to all of our clients' AI chatbots, and we found that in many cases students needed additional support. That's why we're including our human-to-human Live Chat system in this offer. The SMS Text platform can be used to drive awareness to this communications channel for your students." said Mark McNasby, CEO of Ivy.ai.

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