Luc Julia, the former Apple software engineer who was in charge of developing the company’s Siri virtual assistant, is now working at Samsung on SAMI, a platform that is looking to aggregate and distribute data from Internet connected devices. Julia is now vice president at Samsung’s Open Innovation Center where he showed off an early build of the Samsung Architecture for Multimodal Interactions (SAMI).
Once the platform is built out, SAMI is said to be able to access data from wearable computers, “smart home” devices, cars and more, then spit out results as a normalized feed. As part of the demonstration, Julia generated data onstage by running around with various fitness trackers attached to his body, with all the information being funneled through a single app. Interestingly enough, the system appears to feature a type of virtual assistant component similar to that of Apple’s Siri. The system appears to feature a type of virtual assistant component much like Apple’s Siri.
Apple’s Siri as many of you know fetches data and aggregates data as well, although the assistant is iOS-only. SAMI, on the other hand is said to be more open. Samsung is currently working with several partners to develop the technology further including Fitbit, Pebble and Withings, among many others. Altogether, roughly 50 companies are part of SAMI’s development and testing. Samsung is attempting to “normalize” the data from various products and offer it up in a feed available to other apps with SAMI. Julia said the following regarding the matter:
We're doing this normalization and delivering the data through an API, because people don't want to learn all the APIs for all the individual products.
It's something Samsung doesn't know very well today, because Samsung is a hardware company. But we want to enter the space, and offer something different from iCloud.