IBM pimps Watson out to Hilton robot for concierge duty

Pics and video Big Blue is making another effort to make a business case for the Watson deep learning system, this time by porting it to a robot concierge in the Hilton McLean in Virginia. The robot, dubbed Connie after the Hilton founder, is an off-the-shelf Nao machine from French manufacturer Aldebaran Robotics, linked wirelessly to Watson. The 23-inch (58-cm) robot uses Watson to understand basic questions about the hotel and also links into travel info service WayBlazer to give details of local attractions. “This project with Hilton and WayBlazer represents an important shift in human-machine interaction, enabled by the embodiment of Watson’s cognitive computing,” said Rob High, chief technology officer of IBM Watson group. “Watson helps Connie understand and respond naturally to the needs and interests of Hilton’s guests…


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