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Samsung hires Siri leader to build SAMI, a connected device network for wearables, cars, and more

News by Andrew Kameka on Monday November 11, 2013.

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Samsung has made an interesting hire for its program to keep several consumer devices communicating with each other. That program has direct involvement from Luc Julia, the former engineer who spearheaded Siri development for a nearly a year before leaving Apple in August of 2012.

Since December of last year, Julia has worked at the Samsung Electronics Open Innovation Center, a research and development division for Samsung based in California. Julia has been working on the Samsung Architecture for Multimodal Interactions (SAMI) project, which aims to centralize the data that automobiles, home automation, and wearable devices collect. Macworld reports that SAMI brings in all that data into a singular feed and can then process that information for specific features.

In one example of SAMI, Julia how the system can use a Fitbit wristband, a heart monitor, and a scale to track an exercise routine. Then when asking, "Sami, how am I doing?" an app responded that he had reached his goal for the day. SAMI offers that kind of information by using APIs on a variety of apps and devices so that every device that users interact with will be analyzable and correlated. Samsung is reportedly partnering with nearly 50 partners, including Fitbit, Pebble, and Withings. SAMI is part of a long-term project that isn't yet ready for public consumption, so don't expect to see it until Samsung has completed several years of research and fine-tuning.

source: Macworld

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