Intel's Siri Alternative
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You can’t deny that Siri changed the way we relate to our phones. But it is far from perfect, just ask Dr. Barry Kripke and he will tell you how Siri is unable to meet his expectations. Now let’s go back to reality this time. Siri and even Android’s Google Now have a fundamental flaw. Both are too slow to think. And please do not ask the two voice assistants complicated commands or questions—they will just make you pay by sucking big time. Intel, enters the center stage, tells the audience that their solution is better and faster. The secret lies on the lack of cloud connectivity as all things will be stored locally.

Siri no good

The problem is not Siri or Google Now. It is how the whole thing is connected to the answer or solution source. Siri depends on Wolfram Alpha to get the answers and tell them to the user. Siri, despite being out from beta testing, is still a work in progress and there are a lot of things that are needed to be ironed out. The round trip that your voice makes through the Internet is the reason why it takes too long to get an answer from Siri. And that’s not all your Internet connection can also be blamed for the poor performance. If you rely on cellular data and if you live in a country that still uses 2G speeds then good luck with Siri. Just remember to take your medicines if you have a history of hypertension.

Google Now bit better

Google Now has an offline version since the advent of the first iteration of the Jelly Bean. Yet, the offline version is still buggy and needs to be developed fully to become very useful to humanity. Google Now’s offline is less powerful than if it is connected to the clouds. And that is again a major problem folks.

Intel super perfect

Well, perfection is what Intel wants to achieve. The whole idea is to make the query localized and without the real need of hooking up to the Internet. This will significantly speed up the process which is sorely lacking in Siri and Google Now.

The good thing with Intel’s technology is that there is a chance that it will come to a smartphone nearest you. Apple and Google’s ODM partners will be surely taking a look at Intel’s solution and see if it is better than what they already have. The development of Edison which is Intel’s answer to Raspberry Pi opens a brave new world for virtual voice assistants that can become your next best pal.


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