Dell Announces New Tablet Release Late 2012
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Dell surprised the tech world by announcing its plans to release a consumer tablet later this year. Dell has stayed relatively clear of the tablet market frenzy, employing a wait-and-see attitude that hopefully will serve the company well.
Other companies like Hewlett Packard and RIM who enthusiastically entered the market have crashed and burned after competing against Apple’s popular and constantly-updated iPad.
Dell’s chief commercial officer Steve Felice told Reuters that the company believes it has a better grasp of the needs of tablet consumers, namely providing a good “ecosystem” as well as good hardware.
“When you are talking about [a] PC, people are more focused on the hardware itself. When you are talking about [a] tablet or smartphone, people are interested in the overall environment it’s operating in,” Felice explained. “As we have matured in this, we are spending a lot more time in the overall ecosystem.”
This wouldn’t be Dell’s first rodeo in terms of tablets, as the company has released the marginally popular netbook-tablet hybrid Inspiron Duo and Latitude XT3, the expensive Latitude ST, and the short-lived Android-based Streak 7. However, Felice’s announcement signals Dell’s decision to “enter this market in a bigger way.”
Concrete details such as the tablet’s operating system has not been released but Felice noted that the company would base their decision largely on consumer opinion. Both Windows 8 and Google’s Android were mentioned as possible options.
“We like Windows 8 but we continue to develop with Android as well. We are still going to be more choice-driven, based on the feedback we get from customers,” said Felice.
Hopefully this venture will pay off for Dell but it will be interesting to see if tablet consumers can be wrenched away from their iPads, especially with the upcoming releases of both the iPad 3 and the rumored October release of the iPad 4.
Ivy.ai’s new chatbot streamlines resources and policies
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.