Former Siri chief working on Samsung's SAMI

Former Siri chief working on Samsung's SAMI
Luc Julia, who ran the Siri project at Apple for 10 months, left Apple last year and headed for Korea where he found an office at Samsung. Julia is now a Vice President at Samsung's innovation labs where he is hard at work on SAMI (Samsung Architecture for Multimodal Interactions) which goes beyond Siri. The executive recently demonstrated what SAMI could do.

Donning a Fitbit and a heart monitor, Juli weighed himself using a connected scale. He followed that up by simulating a workout on stage and would ask questions such as "SAMI, how am I doing?" There is some speculation that the virtual assistant will eventually be able to answer you by telling you that you need to train harder, or that it was time for a break.

Unlike Siri, which works on the one device only, SAMI would be able to connect to other devices. It can also take the data from the scale and the Fitbit and combine it together into one app. The project is said to be in its early stages and Samsung has invested about 6 months in it. Those familiar with SAMI say that it could take three to five years before it is ready for consumer consumption.

source: Macworld via SlashGear

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29 Comments

1. ilia1986 unregistered

SAMI? Seriously, Samsung? Seriously? SAMI? How bout we give our voice assistants their names ourselves, instead of the companies who make them?

6. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I would put "Dude".

26. ghaniosman

Posts: 78; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

U r taking way to hard bro, SAMI is just a short form of Samsung Architecture for Multimodal Interactions, just take it eeze

27. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

lols i like wat u did there!! +1 for u !!

2. brar.arsh

Posts: 202; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Please keep it with TIZEN, dont integrate it to Android, Google Now is already a great software..

3. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I just hope that Samsung removes that horrible S-Voice from all devices and replaces it with something much better.

24. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Yay, more bloatware for us.... /s

4. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

Samsung's SIRI? should be cool right? ok no copy apple comments please. haha

5. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Samsung doesn't copy anyone. All new innovations and original.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17093; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Did you catch the iOS 7 release?

8. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Excuse me? The article is about Samsung's SAMI.

9. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Pretty sure Samsung has been called Sammy since before Suri was around. Either way, companies are going to compete with each other, and release similar looking or similar named products to compete. Unless it's a direct copy or using the same name, it's going to happen, get over it.

12. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

So it's okay for Samsung to copy but Apple gets rediculed when it looks like they copied something? Is that your logic?

17. willard12 unregistered

Doesn't Siri = Nuance?

18. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

When did I say anything about Apple copying anything. I'm saying ALL companies make products that resemble that of their competition or work in a similar manner. That's what I really hate about fanboys, bickering like a bunch of schoolgirls about petty crap. I have no problem with Apple as long as I don't have to deal with iTunes and they're not trying to limit my choices in mobile devices. Beyond that I could give f*#k all what they do. It's funny, just yesterday I was accused of being a Samsung hater, today I'm an Apple hater. Arguing with 5 year olds (or those with the intellectual maturity of them) is not why I come here. It's to have an informative discussion on tech. But the way the this site is going, I'd have more luck learning Chinese from old episodes of Kung Fu. Get this through your head, I AM NOT BLINDLY LOYAL TO ANY OS OR COMPANY, GOT IT? There are things I like about each, and things I don't. If someone not being 100% behind one camp and forsaking all others is something you can't wrap your head around, then I guess we have nothing more to say.

25. ncarlosmiguel

Posts: 206; Member since: May 14, 2013

Because Apple acts as if they are not copying that's why they deserve to be ridiculed. And yes their faonboys are also ridiculous.

11. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

22. willard12 unregistered

Sorry, but you may wanto to use the updated story before spewing nonsense. http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/05/samsungs-rmc30d-universal-touch-control-tv-remote-touts-three-i/ As for vacuums, at least they patent their own inventions and not the inventions of others.

23. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

It's fine that I beat up my kids because my neighbor does the same.

28. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

All of todays disrespectful kids need to be beaten into God fearing humans... Yours, your neighbours, the brats down the way, across the street... It's okay to copy if it's for a good cause sometimes. You're right it's fine to beat them!

10. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Pirated.

13. 1113douglas

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

GO SAMI GO!

29. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

About names, Julia is a girl name!

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