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Meet the virtual assistant who’s cooler than you

Technology, such as intelligent virtual assistants, should be individualistic – adaptable for each person’s specific needs. Our teams have been hard at work to create different virtual assistants for these many different use cases. Our newest virtual assistant, VERA (Virtual Entertainment & Recreation Assistant), fulfills a role much different from her predecessors: she is the ultimate party coordinator, designed to help you pull off a flawless party or event together that is sure to impress your guests.

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We recently held the 8th annual Nuance Research Conference, a collaborative event during which our Research and Development team gathers from across the globe to exchange findings, debate, and learn about the latest (and upcoming) innovations.  As we continue our never-ending mission to reinvent the relationship between people and technology, we look for new ways to create flawless, intuitive, and memorable user experiences.  One way we have been able do this is through the creation of virtual assistants (VAs).

Why virtual assistants?

With each passing day, our schedules seem to become more hectic, forcing us to make choices between not doing something, or doing something half-as-well in an attempt to multi-task.  As a more scalable solution than monkey butlers, virtual assistants are helpful in alleviating some of these time pressures, making people more efficient so that they can cross a few more items off of their perpetually lengthening to-do lists.

But technology needs to be individualistic and not every person will need the same thing from their virtual assistant. So our teams work hard to create different VAs to meet our different use cases.  Our newest virtual assistant, VERA (Virtual Entertainment & Recreation Assistant), joins her comrades Dom and Florence on the quest to sidekick stardom. Instead of ordering up your favorite pizzas or helping your physician quickly refill your prescription though, she fulfills a role much different from her predecessors: she is the ultimate party coordinator, designed to help you pull off a flawless party or event together that is sure to impress your guests.

So you don’t blue-screen before an event

Designed to run through a checklist of all the items that might slip your mind, VERA can do everything from sending e-vites to your guests to ordering catering and floral arrangements.  And, by leveraging your Pinterest boards, she can offer suggestions on how to make your event uniquely perfect.  If you like to cook, she can quickly rotate between recipes, set timers and reminder notifications, and even suggest food, wine, and music pairings. Speaking of music, VERA can browse through your music library and compile appropriate playlists tailored specifically for your party:

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A match made in virtual heaven

Using advanced compatibility algorithms and social media affiliations, such as Facebook and Instagram, VERA can suggest seating charts based on thumbs-upped comments or liked photos, as well as pull together a list of shared interests based on group commonalities, and conversations topics to avoid, so the party doesn’t get quiet.

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No one has time these days to pay attention to every social cue and observe every nuance of a conversation.  That’s where technology can help.  Assistive solutions like virtual assistants can help provide you with the guidance you need to make sure you’re not alienating those around you.  Make sure to check back next April Fools’ Day to see more of our latest innovations.

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