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Cisco Buys Conversational AI With MindMeld

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Cisco Buys Conversational AI With MindMeld

Cisco pays $125 million for MindMeld, a startup with a "unique AI platform that enables customers to build intelligent and human-like conversational interfaces for any application or device."

Launched in 2012 as Expect Labs, MindMeld initially worked on an API allowing developers to add a voice interface to apps using a few lines of code. Following that MindMeld expanded its product offering to a suite of APIs for parsing, reasoning and generating language, making it relevant to Cisco's interests.

As Cisco puts it, AI and machine learning will allow customers to self-manage networks and datacentres, stay ahead of security attacks, embed intelligence at the edge, deliver predictive analytics and, ultimately, "revolutionise the workplace." That, or simply interact with software such as Spark using natural language commands.


Nuvias Rolls Out UC Business

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Nuvias Rolls Out UC Business

Nuvias announces plans to roll out its Unified Communications (UC) Practice-- as based on recent acquisition Siphon-- across EMEA, starting with Germany.

Siphon is already established in the UK and Benelux, and will be released across EMEA through Nuvias regional branches over the coming months. UC vendors old and new will be able to to take advantage on Nuvias' growing UC capacity across the region, while channel partners can take the opportunity to enter the UC market or expand further.


Ricoh and the Cognitive Whiteboard

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Ricoh and the Cognitive Whiteboard

At IBM’s World of Watson, Ricoh demonstrated Watson Natural Language Classifier which embeds cognitive capabilities into their whiteboards.

These cognitive whiteboards (for the moment let’s call them “Watson Whiteboards”) are currently on display in the IBM IoT headquarters in Munich where clients can experience the capabilities first-hand..

The print, audio and visual infrastructure of the enterprise – along with the tremendous amounts of data any company produces – can be better orchestrated, captured and analyzed thanks to smart whiteboard prod Read more...

JOAN 9.7" Limited Edition Launches at Orgatec

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JOAN 9.7

Visionect reveals a new JOAN 9.7 Limited Edition room booking solution at ORGATEC, the international trade fair for office in Cologne, Germany. The new display features the larger 9.7-inch E Ink screen and the Visionect technology that offers impressive battery autonomy--up to half a year.

The 9.7 Limited Edition display is a meeting room booking solution that connects to wi-fi and company calendars and displays detailed information on meetings and meeting participants, providing an overview of meeting activity. 

It seamlessly integrates with office design and attaches to any surface via a specially designed magnetic mount that requires no tools. Running on advanced Visionect technology with a 9.7-inch screen, the device is cordless in operation.

The 9.7 complements the existing JOAN room booking solutions and is aimed to satisfy the needs of larger organizations looking for a premium designer product. 

Visionect is showcased at Orgatec alongside ADOTTA, an architectural innovator in the partition marketplace, to bring together two key aspects of the modern work environment which unlock the creative potential of employees: architecture and technology. 


Joan Earns Red Dot Distinction

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Joan Earns Red Dot Distinction

More than 5000 entries wanted this year's international Red Dot Award for Best Product Design—and yet someone from our industry won this prestigious prize.

Joan Meeting Room Assistant took home the Red Dot Award, the first-ever Red Dot winner for a meeting room scheduling solution(and digital door label) to win this highest of international distinctions for high design quality.

Joan is a next generation room booking device using an E Ink e-paper display with 180° viewing angle, great visibility and no glare (even in direct sunlight).  Read more...

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