Facebook is on the way to develop a virtual voice detector cum instructor for competing with the popularity of Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri. The news has leaked from the familiar source of the matter.
The tech company has been focussing on this latest initiative since early 2018. The effort is proceeding based on the latest augmented reality of the company and the virtual reality panel which works on hardware, along with with the virtual reality Oculus headsets of the company.
A team originated from Redmond and Washington has been leading the effort for building the latest AI assistant, as per two former Facebook employees who resigned from the company in the recent months. The entire campaign is led by Ira Snyder, who is the director of the AR/VR and Facebook Assistant. The team has been communicating with the vendors with the smart speaker supplying system, as per the information of the two familiar sources.
The matter is not clear how appropriately, Facebook intuitions about the requirement of the usage of the assistant by the intended users, but it could implement the Portal video chat smart speakers of the company, the Oculus headsets or other additional projects.
The Facebook Assistant confronts tough competition. Google and Amazon are far advanced in the smart speaker market with 67% and 30% shares in the United States in 2018, respectively, according to eMarketer.
In 2015, Facebook introduced an AI assistant for its Messenger App called M. It was likely to assist the users with smart recommendations, but the project depended steadily on the help of humans and never acquired attraction. Facebook ended the project in the last year.
The company in November started selling its Portal Video Chat device, which allows the user to use video calls using Facebook Messenger. Users can say “Hey Portal” to initiate very simple commands, but the device also commences integrated with the Alexa assistant of Amazon to handle more complex assignments.