After months of covert development, vTime took to the stage at hubraum’s Mixed Reality Demo Day to give a first glimpse of ‘Project VIA’ - Virtual Intelligent Avatars made for AR wearables.
Back in October, we revealed that vTime was one of 13 companies chosen by hubraum - the tech incubator of Deutsche Telekom and Nreal to take part in the ‘Mixed Reality Program’. Bringing together hardware, expertise, and a raft of cutting-edge AR companies, the program aimed to accelerate software created for wearables that would change how we work and play.
Fast forward six months, and not only is our software edging towards being launch ready, but this week, Project VIA was given its first public showing at the hubraum Mixed Reality Demo Day event.
Part virtual assistant, part AR companion, and with the capability to do much more, Project VIA fuses machine learning and GPT-3 with our AI voice and face engine to create a naturalistic avatar that becomes more intelligent the more you chat.
VIA’s current capabilities include helping with day-to-day tasks, making personalised recommendations, finding and presenting web-based information, as well as mastering the art of a good old chat. Simply ask a question and VIA will source and present the answer in a human-like way or turn your question into an actionable task. Whether the question is as simple as which short sci-fi book to read next (VIA recommended ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’) or as lofty as how to bring about world peace (VIA says “You can make the world a better place by starting with yourself”), VIA is always more than happy to weigh in with a well-researched response.
GPT-3 is a computer program created by developers OpenAI. It uses artificial intelligence to produce naturalistic text and sentences that sound like they have been written by a human. Trained on millions of samples of text from the internet and beyond, the program can write articles, poems, easy-to-understand instructions, as well as produce seemingly natural conversation.
Project VIA’s future roadmap focuses on areas such as customer service, retail, and tourism - verticals where the addition of a naturalistic and intelligent avatar will benefit the customer and increase positive sentiment. Soon, users will also be able to create themselves as an avatar to use in synchronous AR chat with friends and colleagues.
Project VIA is set to launch on Nreal Light later in 2021. Until then, VIA will be learning and becoming more intelligent in preparation...
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Broadcast live, the Demo Day event was watched by hundreds of tech fans around the world, eager to catch a glimpse of the next big thing for AR wearables. Those who missed out can catch up on the event here.
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