Cognitive technology enables devices to understand human conversations or recognize objects visually. Now, tech giant IBM has just announced to release its cognition computing skill to all the developers. In other words, more and more end-user devices will be add more capabilities with the company’s embodied cognition.
IBM called this experimental project as ‘Project Intu,’ a platform allowing developers to embed Watson functions, such as cognitive or basic machine learning skills, into devices and offering a next generation architecture to build up cognitive-enabled experiences.
Through this open project, developers can then shorten the time creating cognitive experiences and put efforts on establishing more other capabilities. Project Intu can be used in spaces, avatars, robots, sensors and other IoT devices.
Project Intu aims to bring cognitive technology in the physical world. For example, assisting customers in a retail store or greeting visitors in the hotel walkway. Instead of programing every movement of a device, developers can now easier combine movements on the devices via Watson’s technology.
Developers can integrate Watson services as well, such as APIs of Conversation, speech-to-text and Language and Visual Recognition.
As a report from research firm IDC, the growth of cognitive-enabled applications is stepping up. By 2018, 75% of developer teams will include cognitive or AI functionality in one or more applications.
Project Intu supports various operating systems, including Raspberry PI, MacOS, Windows and Linux. And it’s now accessible via the Watson Developer Cloud, Intu Gateway site and open source platform GitHub.
“Project Intu allows users to build embodied systems that reason, learn and interact with humans to create a presence with the people that use them – these cognitive-enabled avatars and devices cold transform industries like retail, elder care, and industrial and social robotics,” said Rob High, the vice president and CTO at IBM Watson, in the company’s statement.