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Amazon Alexa Coming To India Soon Via Coolpad Smartphones

The handset maker will roll out Alexa in Cool Play 6, Note 5 and Note 5 via an Over-the-Air (OTA) update

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Panasonic's online sales were a success. Wikimedia Commons
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  • Coolpad will soon introduce Alex in India
  • The Amazon Alexa will be available in select Coolpad models
  • This will be the first time Alexa will be introduced in India

China-based smartphone maker Coolpad on Wednesday announced that it will integrate Amazon’s smart assistant Alexa in some of its devices.

Amazon Alexa to soon come to India.
Amazon Alexa to soon come to India.

With the integration, Coolpad smartphone owners will be able to give voice command using the Coolpad Alexa app for multiple tasks.

“We are working to immerse more AI and tech into smartphones to make the experience more intelligent, friendly and beneficial for users. Incorporating Alexa in Coolpad smartphones is one such step in that direction,” Syed Tajuddin, CEO-Coolpad India, said in a statement.

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The handset maker will roll out Alexa in Cool Play 6, Note 5 and Note 5 via an Over-the-Air (OTA) update and its upcoming devices will come with Amazon Alexa pre-installed.

Amazon's Alexa will be introduced in India via Coolpad Smartphones. Wikimedia Commons
Amazon’s Alexa will be introduced in India via Coolpad Smartphones. Wikimedia Commons

“In case of Amazon Alexa, Coolpad will be the first smartphone brand in India which will provide Amazon Alexa in smartphones,” said Brandy Kang, Executive Vice President, Coolpad Group. IANS

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Smart Speakers like Alexa and Google Home to Act as Aid to Physicians during Surgeries

Smart speakers can be programmed to act as an aid to physicians in hospital operating rooms

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The application processes questions from a human voice and provides recommendations on the precise sizing of medical devices. Pixabay

Amazon Echo with in-built Alexa or Google Home smart speakers can not only play your favourite songs at home but can also assist doctors during medical procedures, say researchers.

Smart speakers can be programmed to act as an aid to physicians in hospital operating rooms, researchers said on Saturday during the Society of Interventional Radiology’s annual scientific meeting in Austin, Texas.

Smart home speakers offer a conversational voice interface that allows interventional radiology (IR) physicians to ask questions and retrieve information needed for their patient treatments without breaking sterile scrub.

During treatment, IRs rely on nuanced medical information delivered in a timely manner.

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Smart speakers can be programmed to act as an aid to physicians in hospital operating rooms. Pixabay

“When you’re in the middle of a procedure, you need to remain sterile, so you lose the ability to use a computer,” said Kevin Seals, MD, a fellow in interventional radiology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

This smart speaker technology helps us to quickly and intelligently make decisions relevant to a patient’s specific needs, added Seals, who is also the lead author of the study.

To reach this conclusion, the researchers at UCSF developed a device-sizing application for the Google Home smart speaker.

The application processes questions from a human voice and provides recommendations on the precise sizing of medical devices.

There are hundreds of devices, with more being introduced every day, making it difficult to determine the correct sizing or materials needed in every circumstance.

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Smart home speakers offer a conversational voice interface that allows interventional radiology (IR) physicians to ask questions and retrieve information needed for their patient treatments without breaking sterile scrub. Pixabay

“This technology allows physicians to concentrate more closely on the care of their patients, devoting less time and mental energy to device technicalities,” noted Seals.

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In developing the application, size specifications were acquired using literature reviews for 475 IR devices, such as catheters, sheaths, stents, vascular plugs and others.

“Further research will look to provide information from electronic health records and patient clinical data, such as allergies or prior surgeries,” said researchers. (IANS)