• Linc Moto Mod Lets You Turn Your Smartphone To A Walkie Talkie

Motorola for quite some time has been encouraging hardware creators all over the world to push their boundaries and come up with something new. In a bid to do something new, Motorola has been holding out Moto Mod contests globally and launched its most recent one in November 2016.

So far the results of the contests haven’t been that promising but it seems this time, Motorola finally has something substantial to unveil. The latest Moto Mod to get launched as an Indiegogo project is the Linc walkie talkie system.

The Linc walkie talkie system has been developed by Fantom Dynamics and is a crowd funded project. Linc connects to the Moto Z device very easily and turns the smartphone into a walkie talkie device. This can connect the user to people nearby without any Internet connection.

Linc Walkie Talkie Specs

Unlike the bulky traditional radios, the Linc smart walkie talkie is slim, stylish, light in weight and easily fits into the Moto Z smartphone. Other than Moto Z, Linc can be used on any smartphone having Bluetooth connectivity.

Linc uses FRS or GMRS to enable communication and is perfect for outdoor recreation and physical activity. The add on mod does not change the look of the smartphone too much and fits into one’s pocket quite easily.Ads by Kiosked

Per the Indiegogo listing, Linc will have 22 channels on FRS/GMRS along with 121 privacy codes to cut out all unwanted noise during communication.

The walkie talkie is expected to work within a range of 5 miles to 6 miles, thus making it more than perfect for family and friends to stay connected, especially in areas of low mobile network connectivity.

Linc comes with water and dust resistance and the user can use the walkie talkie to send SMS, share GPS location and also transmit an SOS signal. Linc can also be used as a two-way radio using radio-over-IP gateway.

The device will be powered by a rechargeable 1500 mAh battery, which is expected to have 20 hours long standby capacity. Linc will also have Scan Mode and NOAA weather radio amongst its many features.

How Does Linc Work?

The Link smart walkie talkie works using the ARC controller app, which will start operating automatically once the device has been connected to Moto Z or any other smart device.

With the help of the ARC controller app, one will also be able to use the private or group messaging services within a radius of 5 miles to 6 miles. Users can even broadcast their location to friends and family without any Wi-Fi or Internet connection within the mentioned range.

“Linc allows for group and private 1-to-1 SMS messaging by using the ARC controller. Users simply open our app and begin messaging with the same look and feel of your smartphone’s text messaging app,” states the company on Indiegogo.

Price And Release

Given that Linc is a crowd funded project, Indiegogo is looking at a collection of $12,000 before the company starts producing the system. The project has been selected by Motorola to develop the mod for its Moto Z smartphone.

As of now, Indiegogo has raised 22 percent of the total amount. One can pledge and order a Linc for themselves at $99 from Indiegogo’s website.

Below is the video of the upcoming Linc smart walkie talkie.

Kapow! Amazon’s Alexa has learned new words – and she’s more nerdy than ever

An update has added more geeky in-jokes and references to the e-commerce giant’s AI assistant, from ‘Cowabunga’ to ‘Great Scott!’

Amazon Echo

Alexa, the talking lady who sits inside the Amazon Echo waiting for you to say her name, is having a personality makeover. The talking AI’s latest update comes with a range of “speechcons” – little expressions or verbal tics.

Alexa will say 100 new words, including “bazinga” and “woohoo”. In a nod to nerd culture, she will range from “Kapow!” (Batman) to “Great Scott!” (Superman). She will even quote the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (“Cowabunga”) and The Godfather (“Bada bing!”) if she needs to give deeper vent to her feelings.

This new vocabulary adds to her already-impressive repertoire of geeky gags and references. Try “Alexa, what’s the second rule of Fight Club?”, “Alexa, I am your father” or “Alexa, are you Skynet?” if you’d like to hear some clunkingly humorous replies. The meaning of life remains “42”, as in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

This humanising humour is an important part of Amazon’s strategy. If we are to get over the creepiness of having a listening device in our bedrooms, it needs to feel warm and friendly. So far, Amazon’s approach to this challenge has been to load Alexa with lots of early-2000s internet nerd-culture tropes, from “Alexa, open the pod bay doors” to “Alexa, set phasers to kill!”

Initially, the latest update is only for users in the US, who hear an American voice, but among the new words are a handful of British-isms: “coo”, “cheer up”, “good grief”, “cheerio”, “righto”, “ta-ta” and “whoops-a-daisy”, presumably culled straight from Mary Poppins.

As it stands, she is capable of the American “booya” (roughly: “I am excited by a good thing”), but not the British “booyakasha” (a greeting). No word yet on “peng”, “woolyback” or “beg friend”.

British isn’t the only “language” to which Alexa has adapted. You can now say “hello” to her using “aloha”, “bonjour”, “bon voyage” and “arrivederci”. She has even learned the Yiddish “oy” and the Yiddish-ish Seinfeld line “yadda yadda yadda”.

For a technology in its infancy, it’s surprisingly easy to become obsessed with your digital assistant. Right now, the scariest thing about this robotrix isn’t that she’s Hal in the home – it’s that the brogramming community have given her the personality of a minor cast member of The Big Bang Theory.

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Healthwise and Orbita will Showcase Amazon Echo-powered Healthcare Knowledge Assistant at HIMSS 2017, Orlando, February 19-23, Booth #1523

Intuitive, patient-centric home care experiences improve patient engagement and education, contributing to better outcomes and reduced costs of care.

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Orbita, Inc., a leading provider of innovative software solutions for connected home healthcare, will join forces with Healthwise® at HIMSS 2017 to showcase a breakthrough in remote patient engagement and education. Healthwise, the industry leader in evidence-based health education, technology and services, will demonstrate a voice-powered knowedge assistant based on Orbita Voice™ technology and built using Healthwise Content as a Service, which gives organizations the flexibility they need to use health content wherever they need to make the biggest impact. Visitors can see the solution at HIMSS Booth #1523.

Orbita Voice is a first-of-its-kind voice experience manager that builds on voice assistant platforms like Amazon Alexa to enable intuitive, patient-centric home care experiences that improve patient engagement and education, thereby contributing to better outcomes and reduced costs of care.

By integrating Healthwise Content as a Service into Orbita Voice, organizations can take patient education to a new level. Voice assistants provide a more natural and intuitive way for patients to access information, helping them be more engaged and informed participants in their own health and wellness. With the Orbita / Healthwise integration, a patient or family member can ask health-related questions and hear Healthwise content delivered through the Orbita-powered voice assistant.

“Orbita Voice’s use of our new Content as a Service offering shows the innovative potential in untethering health education from traditional constraints,” said Jason Burum, chief client officer at Healthwise. “Now organizations can easily integrate content how and where they like, bringing a whole new level of interaction to consumer health engagement.”

“Patient education will be greatly enhanced as voice assistants are more widely embraced,” said Bill Rogers, Orbita CEO. “Together, Orbita and Healthwise are bringing healthcare providers an incredibly rich suite of educational content and voice-powered user experiences that truly engage, inform, and empower patients.”

About Orbita
Orbita is an innovator of connected home healthcare solutions that dramatically increase patient engagement, optimize care coordination, improve outcomes, and reduce costs. Healthcare organizations, device manufacturers and service providers use Orbita’s cloud platform and care journey management solutions to create, deploy and manage secure, connected healthcare applications that combine data from wearables and other connected devices into collaborative care experiences. Orbita’s voice solutions enable quick, easy development and management of intelligent voice assistants based on Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and other voice platforms.

About Healthwise
Healthwise is a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. People have turned to Healthwise information nearly than 2 billion times to learn how to do more for themselves, ask for the care they need, and say “no” to the care they don’t need. Healthwise partners with hospitals, electronic medical record (EMR) providers, health plans, care management companies, and health websites to provide up-to-date, evidence-based information to the people they serve. 1.800.706.9646.

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Amazon Echo and Google Home May Soon Be Able to Make Phone Calls

The Google Home and Amazon Echo could make and receive phone calls beginning sometime this year, ramping up the competition between the two voice assistant devices.

The Amazon (AMZN) Echo and  Alphabet’s  (GOOGL) Google Home could soon replace the smartphone as a means to make phone calls.

The tech giants could bring the feature to their voice assistant platforms sometime this year, the  Wall Street Journal reported this week, citing sources. The launch has been delayed as the companies work out various issues related to privacy, telecom regulations and emergency services.

The Echo and Home would probably use voice over internet protocol technology to connect with a user’s smartphone, the  Journal noted. Call forwarding technology could also be used to connect the devices.

By adding a phone call feature, Amazon and Google would invent another reason for people to keep using voice assistant devices, instead of their smartphone, tablet or any other technology.

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“It’s a natural extension because think of where we typically use these devices – in the kitchen or in the living room – where our hands are busy,” said Moor Insights president Patrick Moorhead.

Moorhead added that the calling technology could be a boon for businesses that might use it in conference call scenarios.

Both the Google Home and Amazon Echo have seen a spike in sales, although Amazon’s line of Echo products has arguably seen greater adoption. Google Home came to market later than the Amazon Echo and the Seattle-based company is estimated to have sold 5.1 million Echo units between 2014 and 2016.

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Google hasn’t released sales figures for its Home device, but analytics firm VoiceLabs estimates that the number of Google Home users quadrupled last December during the holiday season.

Alexa, more cowbell: 18 silly (but fun) Amazon Echo commands

Amazon’s amazing Alexa AI assistant keeps getting smarter and smarter. Here are 18 dumb ways you can waste all that wonderful computing power.

 VIDEO: Try these fun (and completely useless) Amazon Alexa commands

Last month, I published a list of 25 reasonably helpful queries you could ask your Amazon Alexa device. But, really, who needs helpful when there’s silly, ridiculous, nerdy, or just plain fun? So, this time, I have 18 Alexa tricks, and I promise none of them are even the slightest bit useful.

1) Alexa, make me a sandwich. The answer you get here is pretty useless, but it’s the perfect setup for the next command.

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Amazon Echo: It sucks. It’s awesome. It sucks. We want two more

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2) Alexa, sudo make me a sandwich. This is the sort of thing that delights geeks. If you’re not a command-line geek, you can just smile and nod the way you do when we start waxing poetic about grep and awk and Game of Thrones and The Expanse. It’s okay. We’re used to it.

3) Alexa, the Dude abides. What can we say? Alexa has a taste for the classics.

4) Alexa, keep calm and carry on. God save the Queen.

5) Alexa, set volume to 11. It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever. Try it. Then reset it back down to something that won’t blow out your eardrums.

6) Alexa, sing a song. Let’s be clear here. Don’t ask Alexa to play a song. You want to say, specifically, “sing a song.” It’s charming.

7) Alexa, can you rap? Is there anything Alexa can’t do?

8) Alexa, talk like Yoda. May the Force be with you.

9) Alexa, what is pi? The answer is the sort of thing you’d expect from a smart AI assistant. On the other hand…

10) Alexa, what is the value of pi? This is the sort of answer you’d expect from a smart-ass AI assistant. Let’s just say Amazon has all those datacenters for a reason.

11) Alexa, more cowbell. Never question the Bruce Dickinson.

12) Alexa, do you have any pets? Every day, she’s getting better and better.

13) Alexa, tell me a dirty joke. Make sure the kids leave the room first. You can ask this a bunch of times.

14) Alexa, find Chuck Norris. Probably best not to ask this.

15) Alexa, hello HAL. This probably means more to me than you — unless your name is also David.

16) Alexa, sneeze. Sometimes, it just seems like Alexa’s developers need to get out more.

17) Alexa, up up down down left right left right b a start. Delightful, especially if you’re into another kind of classics.

18) Alexa, never going to give you up, never going to let you down. No comment.

If you found any of these Alexa tricks useful, I’m sorry. That was not my intention. Also, don’t click this link. No, it never ever gets old.

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