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IBM launches Project Intu to expand Watson system

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IBM Project Intu for Watson system

IBM has launched the Project Intu to let developers easily embed its Watson cognition system into various device form factors. The latest experimental release is aimed to enable artificial intelligence on devices such as robots and IoT devices.

“Project Intu allows users to build embodied systems that reason, learn and interact with humans to create a presence with the people that use them – these cognitive-enabled avatars and devices could transform industries like retail, elder care, and industrial and social robotics,” said Rob High, VP and CTO, IBM Watson, in a statement.

IBM is offering developers a “ready-made environment” to provide cognitive experiences on operating systems, including Raspberry Pi, MacOS, Windows and Linux. Additionally, through its partnership with Nexmo, the company gives the ability to integrate the latest project with both Watson and third-party APIs. This will enable advanced cognitive interactions via voice-enabled experiences through Nexmo’s Voice API.

Developers ultimately get a chance to leverage major Watson services like conversation, language and visual recognition and build interactive interfaces. All this would move developments such as smartphone detecting objects from images a major step ahead.

Apart from enabling some big developments, the Intu is set to help budding programmers build some intelligent solutions using as affordable hardware as a Raspberry Pi. This is expected to give a stiff competition to AI developments led by Facebook, Google and Microsoft.

IBM is currently providing access to Project Intu through its Watson Developer Cloud. Alternatively, developers can access its code on GitHub or a specific Intu Gateway.