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Open Voice #29: 9 mln adoption in DE, 1.7 in FR, Parrots, cute robots, another perspective for Apple Music on Alexa, and an assistant 'IQ' test

Hi! We are close to Christmas. Time for family and a slow down of the pace at work. Below the news we
Open Voice #29: 9 mln adoption in DE, 1.7 in FR, Parrots, cute robots, another perspective for Apple Music on Alexa, and an assistant 'IQ' test
By Maarten & Sam • Issue #29 • View online
Hi!
We are close to Christmas. Time for family and a slow down of the pace at work.
Below the news we found in the past week, and a reminder that we’ll have a new episode of the Voicecast live at BNR this afternoon (if the editor isn’t on a Christmasbreak🤞). Our special guest for this episode is friend of the show Ben Sauer.

Vector by Anki
Vector by Anki
Vector is a toy by Anki. The autonomous robot can rove freely around the house, and comes with a basic voice assistant. From the video it becomes clear how Anki spent a lot of attention to personality. The display complements the character for the robot through blinking eyes. Some people react with a tender awww 🥰 once they see the little robot.
While the robot isn’t that impressive at this moment, we’re looking forward to see how the features will develop over time. The maturity of the robot is mostly about software, and for sure that it will develop with updates over time. Having these embodied assistants roving the house and following you around brings up visions of a digital companion species. Let’s see how they mature.
2018 Alexa Prize Finals
2018 Alexa Prize Finals
That’s it for this week. We both wish you a merry Christmas🎄☃️
See you next week!
Cheers,
— Maarten & Sam
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