Weekly Industry Run-Down

April 30, 2021 – May 14, 2021

Intelligent Automation News:

  • Obviously AI, a no-code AI tool provider has snagged in $3.6M in seed funding to move its product from beta. Their public beta was launched in Feb 2020. Their tool enables anyone to build and run AI models in minutes without writing code
  • Acodis, previously known as Turicode releases a new Intelligent Document Processing Platform
  • Avaamo, a conversational AI provider joins with Epic App Orchard. Epic is an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system used by the vast majority of healthcare providers. All Epic Mychart customers will be able to use Avaamo to deliver personalised patient care through voice, text or Smart Home devices
  • Nintex announces accelerators for business transformation initiatives, which includes pre-built configurable process maps, workflow and forms automation, as well as RPA templates
  • Onit announces the release of a new look and feel for its Workflow Automation and AI Platforms

AI & AR News:

  • Botpress, a Montreal-based startup has raised $15M in Series A funding from Decibel and Inovia Capital. The company claims its tech will make it easier for developers to build conversational-based apps, meaning humans interact with the app by speaking instead of typing, clicking or tapping
  • Verint announces its low-code conversational AI offering, Verint Intelligent Virtual Assistant Professional (IVA Pro) Package that allows business professionals to quickly deploy a production-ready chatbot to deflect calls and support customers
  • XNFY LAB by Xnfinity announces the launch of an AI-Generated fashion. With this technology, brands can show clothes images to their customers via e-commerce or social networks first, even before they exist
  • Amazon is making the DeepRacer device software available in open source. DeepRacer is a car about the size of a shoebox that runs on AI models trained in a virtual environment with reinforcement learning techniques
  • A digital ‘Albert Einstein’ has surfaced. The AI startup behind this audio deepfake is Alforithmic. Alforithmic says the “digital Einstein” is intended as a showcase for what will soon be possible with conversational social commerce.
  • Apple‘s IOS 14.5 update comes with new ad-tracking permissions, revamped Siri voices and the ability to unlock your iPhone using Face ID while wearing a face mask.
  • Amazon opens a tech-first salon in East London. The salon uses Augmented Reality and ‘Point-and-learn’ technology. With AR, customers can try out different styles and colours before treatment. With the ‘Point-and-learn’ technology, customers are able to scan the QR code of products to view more information.

Tolani Tikolo-Jaiye
IRPA AI Contributor and Automation News Curator

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