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The Xbox One Will Reportedly Soon Support Alexa and Google Assistant

Alexa, Google Assistant to be integrated in XBox One

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Microsoft is reportedly working with Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa to support voice commands for the upcoming “Xbox One”.

The new gaming console is expected to come with a new “Digital Assistants” menu for users to choose from Alexa, Google Assistant and Cortana to control the device using voice commands with.

“The full range of features for those assistants remain unknown, but it could bring many voice-assisted features,” Windows Central reported on Sunday.

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“Microsoft along with Amazon and Google might give some of the voice-assisted dedicated microphone features too,” the report added.

Cortana, reportedly will become an “app” for Amazon Echo and probably other speakers.

Former Xbox console marketing lead Albert Penello recently joined Amazon specifically to grow the Echo’s presence in gaming. (IANS)

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Microsoft Planning for Next version of Smart Glasses in Order to Monitor Blood Pressure

The aim is to shrink the device to such an extent that it could become a clip-on that works with anyone's regular glasses, the report added

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Microsoft developing next version of BP-monitoring smart glasses. Pixabay

Microsoft is developing the next version of its smart glasses, called Glabella, that can work as a cuff-less, wearable and unobtrusive blood pressure measuring device, according to a new report.

The device incorporates optical sensors, processing, storage, and communication components, all integrated into the frame to passively collect physiological data about the user without the need for any interaction, according to a paper published on Proceedings of the ACM Journal of Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies.

Glabella continuously records the stream of reflected light intensities from blood flow as well as inertial measurements of the user’s head.

From the temporal differences in pulse events across the sensors, this prototype derives the wearer’s pulse transit time on a beat-to-beat basis.

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Logo of Microsoft outside it’s office. Pixabay

A person’s pulse transit time — the time delay following each heartbeat as the pressure wave travels between two arterial sites — provides an indirect measure of blood pressure, according to a report in IEEE Spectrum.

 Although the glasses did well in a test run, they are not yet ready to hit the store shelves as the Microsoft researchers plan to evaluate the Glabella glasses in a clinical setting.

The team is also developing a next version of the device to make it more power efficient while making the frame smaller, the report added.

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Currently, a small chargeable coin battery keeps the device running.

The aim is to shrink the device to such an extent that it could become a clip-on that works with anyone’s regular glasses, the report added. (IANS)

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