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June 24, 2016updated 22 Sep 2016 12:24pm

What is personal digital assistant?

They are here to help and AI has just made them smarter.

By Joao Lima

A personal digital assistant, also known as PDA, refers to the use of a digital device with assistance capabilities.

These capabilities can include diary planning and address books organisation.

In the old days, PDAs were basic and carried out simple tasks such as the ones above. However, with the emergence of AI technology and its widespread, PDAs are today much more intelligent.

They can autonomously set up reminders, reply to voice commands, and so on.

If we look at PDAs from a modern perspective in the IoT landscape, these one hand-held devices are not being embedded in desks, homes, buildings, cars, etc.

In the home, for example, PDAs can be connected to the home’s system so the user can always be helped and the assistant can make the home bespoke to its owners needs by controlling lights or the AC according to its masters needs.

Google, Amazon and Jibo are all players fighting for the top in the home PDA segment.

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