Soon Watson will be in your ear. Hearables company Bragi and IBM are partnering to yield headphones like the Dash with IBM’s Watson IoT platform to change the way you interact, communicate and collaborate with your co-workers. So, what you say to your teammates could be translated by Watson, with additional instructions and smart notifications. Also, your superiors could know about your location and safety by the headphones, rather than depending on the cameras all the time.
“Hearables will transform the way we work and have a tremendous impact on the business processes of the future,” said Nikolaj Hviid, CEO, and founder of Bragi. “Packed with sensors, The Dash is uniquely equipped to realize the potential of truly contextual audible computing. We are very excited to tap IBM’s industry leading cognitive computing capabilities through the Watson IoT platform as well as benefit from IBM’s enormous experience in global innovation that touches people’s lives.”
So far, Bragi and IBM have put their light on six primary focus areas, including the safety of the worker, smart employee notification, guided instructions, workforce analysis and optimization, team communications, and biometric ID.
“With Watson’s language translation capabilities and the increasing pervasiveness of smart devices, conversational interfaces will start to challenge the visual user interfaces of today,” said Harriet Green, Global Head of IBM Watson Internet of Things. “Users will increasingly talk to their devices and interact with their homes and workplaces in more natural, interactive and convenient ways. With Bragi we are looking at how this development can go even further with a powerful audio and sensory interface that fits inside the ear opening up a myriad of new opportunities for transforming the workplace.”
This is an amazing initiative but has no strong roadmap to be available to the market. As the partnership’s current goal is the short and medium term, you may not get a company-issued Dash next time you come to the office.