The XOWi Smart Voice Badge
A small wearable badge that lets you do things by just speaking and listening.
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Handle incoming text message hands free, control your AC, get traffic and weather conditions, ask for a summary of your twitter and facebook alerts, listen to an RSS feed, ask for a song to be played, make a phone call, take a note, etc. Just speak: no more swiping or typing.
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The XOWi Smart Badge connects with your smartphone via Bluetooth. You can connect it to your Siri or Google Now, but you can also connect it to the XOWi Mobile App, available for free to XOWi Badge owners. Here's what the XOWi App can do that neither Siri or Google Now can do:
  • Audio playing of incoming text messages and twitter DMs
  • Sending audio texts: record your voice and have the recipient listen to your voice
  • Interact with your SmartThings and Wemo Switches and Sensors
  • Listen to RSS feeds
  • Have XOWi quiz you about a topic
  • Ask XOWi to play a podcast
  • Ask XOWi to play your Spotify music
  • Ask XOWi what channel is playing a program
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Perhaps the most exciting thing about XOWi is the fact that it is an open platform for developers to add voice interactions to it. It is thrilling to think how the community can come together to make a conversational entity gain an increasing number of skills.
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Owners of the XOWi Smart Badge will have access to a XOWi Web portal they log into to add voice modules. Users can add quizzes, dialogs, and RSS feeds without writing a single line of code. Just fill fill text boxes and save.
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Those who want to do more can add modules that link to a web service. Jut point your voice module to your middleware, serve back JSON objects, and like magic, you now have a platform that lets you deliver voice dialog interactions with users.
FAQ


1. How does XOWi affect smart phone battery life?

a. The device itself imposes minimal overhead on the smart phone. It uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 4.0 technology. It has its own battery and tries to do as much local work as possible. For instance, stream segmentation and preparation for effective transmission, pairing and connection messages, signal strength, its own battery life, etc. Also, the speech recognition and TTS are active only during the interaction: there is no processing going on when there is no interaction -- which is often what drains the battery (for instance, listening to a wake up phrase, like the MotoX, or passing along a stream of audio for caching and potential saving, as in Kapture).

b. The device is paired and connected, and remains paired and connected until it is turned off or disconnected/unpaired.

c. The device has local messages that it issues to communicate: (a) Pairing, (b) Connecting, (c) Loss of connection or weak connection.


2. How long does the XOWi battery last?

The battery lasts 7 days at rest and on average 3 days when used.


3. Does XOWi have earphones plugs and can I control the volume of the audio?

Yes, XOWi comes with earphone plugs and you can control the audio volume.


4. How do I charge XOWi's battery.

XOWi has a standard micro USB plug.


5. What platforms does the XOWi Mobile App run on?

XOWi us available on Android Jelly Bean 4.1 (and up), iOS 4 (and up). We plan to release the Microsoft version in the second half of 2014.
What are they saying about XOWi?



"What's better than Siri or Google Maps? XOWi is." -- ZDNET

"Apple would be smart to either buy this tech start-up and integrate this voice service into Siri, or steal this idea and build their own which mirrors the XOWi." -- Tekatron

"It won't be long until we are walking around wearing tiny badges that we talk into to get stuff done like in Star Trek. Oh wait. That day is just about here. Beam me up." -- Crunchwear

"The XOWi concept is a groundbreaking way to get the benefits of computing while keeping the distractions of operating a user interface to an absolute minimum. This device will be an enormously valuable addition to all of our daily lives." -- Dr. Debbie Dahl, Principal, Conversational Technologies

"XOWi truly turns Star Trek into reality!" -- The VUI Design Blog

"Wearable computing is emerging as a significant new trend in our industry, and XOWi is superbly positioned to take full advantage of the growing enthusiasm in this area." -- K. W. "Bill" Scholz, President, The Applied Voice Input Output Society (AVIOS)

"Voice Badge is among the few in that category that would act as a smartphone companion." -- Laptop Magazine

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