Viv, the next artificial intelligence project from a couple of the people behind Siri, was unveiled to the world last week, and now it's had its had its first public preview at TechCrunch Disrupt. More of a voice-powered AI platform than a singular app, Viv is seen by its creators as the next step in intelligent digital assistance. The company stresses the ease with which companies and developers can integrate their services with Viv.
What stands as one of the clear strengths and differentiating factors of Viv as a platform is the open-armed welcoming of third-party integrations into the virtual assistant fray. Kittlaus called on Viv to pay a buddy $20 and all that followed was a tap of the pay button through a Venmo integration and, all of a sudden, his friend had been paid.
Viv's developers aren't yet saying when consumers can expect to get their hands on the virtual assistant, but early integrations are apparently under development for later in the year.