Developers can now create more use cases for Samsung’s digital assistant Bixby

Developers can now create more use cases for Samsung’s digital assistant Bixby
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9 Nov, 2018

Electronics and IT giant Samsung has said that it will open up libraries of its artificial intelligence-enabled digital assistant Bixby for developers to create more use-cases for the assistant, which is still only available on Samsung devices.

According to an IANS report, the company has unveiled a platform called the Bixby Design Studio which will allow developers to build new experiences around electronic products such as refrigerators and TV sets.

Internally, Samsung has already created an ecosystem of smart home products, which are commercially available. The current portfolio includes the combo of a Smart TV, Smart fridge and Smart washing machine. These devices are enabled by Bixby, which is powered by AI and Internet of Things systems. Developers can access the IoT platform via an app called SmartThings. 

The report further said that the Studio will allow developers to build Bixby capsules; in other words, new features. Capsules can be compared to Alexa's skills and Google Actions.

"Our goal is to offer developers a robust, scalable and open AI platform that makes it easy for them to launch and evolve the amazing experiences they create for our users," Kyunghak Hyun, product manager of the AI Product Management Group at Samsung, was quoted as saying by the news agency.

"As Samsung's ecosystem of devices continues to grow, it creates more points of contact not just for Bixby, but for a growing number of third-party services as well. Developers have more ways to reach users, and users get more opportunities to make the most of them," Kyunghak said.

The company has also joined the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society (PAI).

Founded in 2016, PAI is a technology industry consortium that conducts research and discussions, shares insights, provides thought leadership, identifies new areas for AI application, and creates informational materials to advance the understanding of AI technologies.

The organisation currently has more than 70 partners, including major global companies and human rights groups specialising in AI.