Vlingo Announces its Virtual Assistant for Smarter TV

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today, Vlingo introduced its Virtual Assistant solution for TV manufacturers, set-top box makers, and service providers.

Adding Virtual Assistant capabilities to the television will allow consumers to locate the right show, movie, or program among thousands of choices on TV at any given time.

"Households worldwide have access to thousands of TV channels and dozens of service provider choices. Vlingo aims to simplify TV chaos by providing a simple, intuitive method for discovering the right content from among all those choices, making the experience enjoyable for users and avoiding the frustration of limited, hard to use remote controls," said Chris Barnett, executive vice president of markets at Vlingo. "The Vlingo Virtual Assistant for TV is designed to modernize that thing your grandfather once called a remote control. Everyone deserves their own assistant and Vlingo's new TV product offering will make this a reality on TVs this year."

Vlingo's Virtual Assistant for Smarter TV will allow users to perform the following tasks with their voice:

  • Browse and find: Users can search and discover content by actor, genre, or director using Vlingo's new dialogue manager, which engages users with interactive browsing;
  • Watch shows: "Watch The Price is Right" or "Find western movies starring Clint Eastwood;"
  • Record programs: "Record Modern Family tonight at 8 p.m." or "Record the game on ESPN next Monday night at 9 p.m.;"
  • Rent and buy movies: "Rent The Fighter on Netflix" or "Play Rocky IV on-demand;"
  • Basic controls: "Switch to on-demand", "Put on ESPN", "Go to Netflix" or "Turn up the volume;" and
  • Social media communication: "Facebook update: Joe is watching Lost on Hulu."

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