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This whiteboard takes notes for you and performs realtime translation

Posted: 23 February 2017 | By Darcie Thompson-Fields

IBM and Ricoh Europe have joined together to create the first artificial intelligence powered whiteboard that puts cognitive computing right in the middle of a meeting room.

The whiteboard, powered by IBM Watson, might look like your standard meeting room whiteboard but this one can take notes for you. Anyone in the meeting room or who joins remotely can control the board using voice commands. If the team is in a break-out session in the same room, the whiteboard can capture side-bar conversations and put them up too.

The whiteboard can also perform real-time translation and display translated words back on the whiteboard.

“AI will have a huge impact on businesses in the coming decade. Intelligently adding to discussions and suggesting relevant information represents real value in a business setting,” said David Mills, CEO, Ricoh Europe. “Personal assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri often grab headlines but the impact of embedding cognitive technology within business devices is most newsworthy.”

To test its real-world applications, IBM has installed more than 80 Ricoh interactive whiteboards in their global Watson IoT headquarters in Munich, Germany. The company also invested $200 million USD, out of its $3 billion investment in Watson, to the global Watson IoT headquarters in Munich.

“AI-guided analysis leads to more informed decision-making, that’s where the impact of AI will be most profoundly felt,” added Mills.

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