Samsung partners with Google to bring AR to 100m devices
SAMSUNG has declared itself open and collaborative as it shared its vision for the future of intelligent technology at the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco.
The Korean technology giant announced a partnership with Google, which will see developers able to use the ARCore software development kit (SDK) to bring augmented reality (AR) to millions of consumers on "100 million devices" including the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and Note8.
The strategic partnership with Google will offer new business opportunities for developers, and a new platform for creating immersive new experiences for consumers.
Six thousand attendees, made up of developers, innovators and content creators, gathered in the tech capital for a two-day conference, which is intended to usher in an era of connected, seamless experiences that span across devices, software and services.
Samsung also announced that it will unite its IoT services under SmartThings and launch Bixby 2.0 with an SDK.
DJ Koh, President of Samsung Electronics Mobile Communications Business, said the company along with its global partners must strive to do more to create a world of connected intelligence through open collaboration and connected thinking.
"At Samsung, we're constantly innovating in order to deliver smarter, connected experiences for our consumers. Now we're taking a big step forward with our open IoT platform, intelligent ecosystem and AR capabilities," he said.
"Through an extensive open collaboration with our business partners and developers, we are unlocking a gateway to an expanded ecosystem of interconnected and intelligent services that will simplify and enrich everyday life for our consumers."
Samsung vice president Dag Kittlaus, also the CEO and co-founder of Viv Labs (acquired by Samsung) and creator of Siri (acquired by Apple), said Bixby 2.0 will introduce deep linking capabilities, and enhanced natural language abilities to better recognize individual users, and create a predictive, personalized experience that better anticipate their needs.
"Now users will be able to speak naturally and casually based on your applications," Kittlaus said.
"For example, you could say I want to order a large pepperoni pizza with mushrooms and please send it to my office in 30 minutes. Bixby will take care of it. No more robot speak."
In order to build this faster, easier and more powerful intelligent assistant platform, Samsung will provide the tools to bring Bixby 2.0 into a wider number of applications and services.
The Bixby SDK will be available to select developers and through a private beta program, with general availability coming in the near future.
Samsung also demonstrated Project Ambience, a small dongle or chip that can be applied into a wide variety of objects, allowing them to seamlessly connect, and create a ubiquitous Bixby experience.
The new concept reflects the next generation of IoT, that of the "Intelligence of Things," which combines IoT and intelligence to make your life easier.
The writer has travelled to San Francisco as a guest of Samsung Australia.