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Furrion launches AI virtual concierge Angel

Niji Narayan

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Furrion, a premier developer of innovative products and solutions has launched Angel, a new virtual concierge equipped with artificial intelligence features. Angel is designed to easily control your living space, whether in the home, a recreation vehicle or aboard a yacht, and to enhance your daily life and/or travel experience.

“It is incredible to see our vision, Angel, be a reality here at CES,” said Matt Fidler, co-founder and chief marketing officer for Furrion. “Furrion has long pushed the boundaries of innovation and we are proud to give consumers an always-present assistant that keeps their data secure while helping them enjoy their journey. We know that sometimes the best adventures require getting off the grid, which is why Angel was created to always be there to assist regardless of their Internet connection.”

 

Angel, powered by a limitless network, has the in-built intelligence to respond to your every move. It can assist the users in a variety of ways, from controlling the kitchen accessories to ordering groceries or supplies. Angel also provides the news and weather; it can control your morning playlist, guide you through a yoga workout and so much more. Powered by artificial intelligence, it uses facial recognition to learn your personal preferences to customise your experience. Facial recognition authentication is an added security benefit, as Angel is able to know who is who and adjust the environment to their preferences. Learning your preferences helps Angel suggest things you may like, whether a new activity at your destination, a new restaurant or perhaps a new outfit as Angel learns your sizes and recommends outfits from your favourite retailer. Naturally, sometimes you just want to be in the middle of nowhere and a strong connection may not be available, but that is no problem for Angel; it can operate on the Angel closed network or online.

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Malta AI & Blockchain Summit throwing massive show in May

Zoltán Tűndik

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The first edition of the Malta AI & Blockchain Summit in November 2018 turned out to be a monumental success – no less than 8500 people attended the event. This year, the same team is throwing a massive show in May.

 

The Malta AI & Blockchain Summit has announced a stellar show for 2019. The highly anticipated show is expected to follow the monumental success of the November summit in 2018, which brought W. Scott Stornetta, John McAfee, the Winklevoss Twins and Sophia the Robot to Malta’s shores and took the scene by storm even in times of a burdensome bear market.

“I came to talk about the early work that we did, laying the foundations pre-Bitcoin for the blockchain. It is a little frenzied and very crowded. I think they succeeded a little too well in attracting people here,” said W. Scott Stornetta, known as the ‘Founding Father of Blockchain’, commenting upon the show in November 2018.

The next show taking place on May 22nd-24th of 2019 is themed around Social Impact, and is aimed at reigniting the Satoshi Vision for blockchain technology to advance social impact across societies through a truly decentralised ecosystem for transactions. The event is cordially inaugurated with a Social Impact Awards ceremony on the eve of the summit.

The unexpected success of last year’s show has turned the organisers’ eye towards expansion. For the show in May 2019, they have chosen Hilton as the venue. This also enables the Malta AI & Blockchain Summit to host a first class expo floor suitable for a truly global crowd of exhibitors. Eman Pulis, the Founder of the Malta AI & Blockchain Summit is eager to up the game:

“I wish to thank everyone who attended Malta in November and for the overwhelming feedback we received. The Blockchain community accepted me and my team as part of the family. I look forward to contribute and help drive this technology forward by doing what I love the most – events! This year, we are raising the bar with a stellar line-up of speakers and we expect an even larger crowd to attend our show.”

The speaker line up for May is far from filled but already feature top names within the industry such as Roger Ver, Tim Draper, Ben Goertzel of SingularityNET along with Sophia the Robot, making her second visit to the island. The Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Junior Minister for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation, Silvio Schembri, will also speak at the event. With the quality recorded in 2018, attendees can put their expectations high for the second edition of the Malta AI & Blockchain Summit. This spring edition of the summit includes a lavish VIP dinner, networking drinks in the midst of the warm Mediterranean spring, an ICO Pitch and two conferences spanning over the 22nd-24th of May.

2018 was the year Malta cemented itself as The Blockchain Island with the launch of the Three Bills regulating blockchain and cryptocurrencies during the Malta AI & Blockchain Summit in November. In 2019, the Blockchain Island is moving beyond the hype. The Maltese Government will enact another world first: a Fourth Bill, giving a D.A.O. its own legal personality. In addition, a task force is also working around the clock on a set of incentives that will support businesses in Artificial Intelligence.

This is why the organisers of the Malta AI & Blockchain Summit has expanded their scope to invite stakeholders in AI, Big Data, IoT and Quantum Technology – to join the show and engage in riveting discussions about the world changing potential application of such technology. The Malta AI & Blockchain Summit is a landmark event that nobody in the field can afford to miss.

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People.ai colloborates with Slack to provide live deal data and enable revenue growth

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People.ai, a US-based provider of revenue intelligence platform for marketing teams, has announced a collaboration with Slack for seamlessly providing sales teams with AI-powered insights and real-time win-loss deal analytics.

Sales, marketing, and customer success teams will now benefit from the Slack integration to automatically surface real-time insights on every contact, activity, buying group and engagement of won, lost or active opportunities—most importantly, natively on the Slack platform that they are already using every day to collaborate.

“Modern sales is a team sport and with increasing complexity of enterprise sales account executives have less margin for error. They need to learn from each other’s wins and losses more effectively, in real-time, and without information overload,” said Oleg Rogynskyy, CEO and Founder, People.ai. “People.ai has the ability to capture and present all of the deal data, including engaged contacts, activities, and buying group composition, and then surface this data in Slack, the channel where reps spend most of their time—and in an insightful but still bite-size format that allows for effective team learning.”

“When you capture, analyse and provide such insights to the sales team, everybody learns and deals are accelerated. It’s easier to identify missing personas in the buying group or best next steps, if you’ve learned how your colleagues have handled similar situations. This lets sales professionals ramp faster and get more wins. That’s why Slack highlights People.ai as a way to help teams work better together,” says Rogynskyy

Besides capturing all sales contacts and activity data, automating all CRM data entry, and helping sales professionals ramp faster, People.ai promotes alignment of sales with marketing and customer success teams, as everyone can see how the deal progressed and which activity led to results.

This latest integration is one of almost a hundred integrations People.ai has created. Besides distributing knowledge via Slack, People.ai can deliver rich deal and sales behaviour analytics data and the AI-insights through daily or weekly emails, via API to data warehouses or business intelligence systems, via Einstein Analytics or native Salesforce reporting, and via People.ai’s own intelligent suite of products. People.ai effortlessly improves sales execution without having salespeople log into yet another dashboard or leave their work environment of choice.

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Acutronic Robotics opens preorders for the first modular cobot powered by ROS 2.0

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MARA can be seamlessly extended just by adding new parts, thanks to the newly developed H-ROS SoM

Pre-orders for the first modular cobot with the Robot Operating System (ROS 2.0) running into each of its actuators, sensors and other modules, are now open and available worldwide at acutronicrobotics.com/products/MARA.

With real-time synchronization, deterministic communication latencies and automatic over the air updates, the MARA robot offers industrial-grade features and empowers new possibilities in the professional landscape of robotics.

The plug-and-play cobot can be physically extended in a seamless manner just by adding robot parts. It therefore enables high customization and adapts to any specific application.

MARA has specifically been created to solve new and challenging automation demands that require dexterity and flexibility. The price of the robot starts at 15.000 €.

Mass customization, empowered by the H-ROS SoM

MARA works through the H-ROS SoM, a hardware device that makes any robot part compatible and interoperable with others, regardless of their vendor.

Enabling true modularity, the H-ROS SoM greatly simplifies and reduces the time spent in the integration phase, the largest bottleneck in robotic development today.

In the particular case of MARA, the robot parts that compose it are made out of Han’s D-Module actuators: industrial grade 2DoF electrical motors that include encoders and an electro-mechanical breaking system to be controlled through Ethercat slaves.

MARA operates together with any end-effector that has been modularized. Moreover, thanks to a new mechanical system, end-effectors can be changed manually, without needing any tool.

The modular cobot is the result of years of research about robot modularity originally funded by DARPA, and later supported by the Swiss Acutronic, and the Japanese company, Sony.

Simplifying integration, boosting robotics.
System integration is nowadays one of the largest bottlenecks in development. Acutronic Robotics eliminates integration with H-ROS, a standardized software and hardware infrastructure that enables to create interoperable robot components.

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