Headspace app acquires AI: Your phone could soon be your meditation coach (Meditation app).
Headspace, with a mix of 31 million users, with 320 million users, is doubling on a focused app, voice, and AI. Techniques to help differentiate themselves from the rest of the technology. The company has announced that it has acquired Alpine. Ai (formerly known as VoiceLabs), is one of the first players in the digital assistant market, to make more voice conversations in the main app.
Paddy Hannon, the new CTO of the headspace, who gonna lead the Alpine team of four who are joining Headspace’s offices in San Francisco. Says, “There are some meditation apps here right now … but with the ability to respond to where are you on your trip with specific advice through voice application will be [far ahead] of where our competitors are.
Headspace said that the terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the acquisition included both the team and the technology. Joining the team will include Alpine.AI co-founder and CTO Alexander Linares and three engineers. Alpine A.I. CEO Adam Marchick will continue to advise the advancing role.
Voice labs have used many voice-based products in the last few years. They included a voice ad product which Amazon squashed; An analytics service for voice app developers; And recently, a solution that could make the Voice Shopping App by importing retailers’ catalogs and using AI. To answer customer questions about those products.
The latter is known as Alpine.ai, the headspace has been found to be the most interesting.
Alpine.Ai was working on solutions for retailers, which would allow customers to talk to their voice assistants naturally. For example, asking for Lipstick, voice assistant, Will answer things like “What color?” and “Do you want it waterproof?”
Headspace is not starting to make make-up, but it’s alpine. Looks at potentially implementing Machine Learning Technologies in their domains.
Today, the primary interface of the headspace is audio. Users are guided through meditation sessions by the soothing, calm and distinctive voice of the medieval Tibetan monk co-founder Andy Puddicombe.
The implementation of the plan Alpine.Ai on that foundation, to provide an interactive voice-based approach for people to discover various meditation sessions available on the headspace and to give better suggestions to the individual users using those interactions Will be implemented to
A consumer can tell the headspace that they are “stressed”, and appropriately recommend in the app based on customer’s history.
In addition to the technique of alpine, there may be a competitive advantage in the multitude of self-care apps for the headspace and the growing area. According to PitchBook figures, in the case of headspace evaluation, the main rival is ahead of Calm.com, later around 277 million dollars.
Beyond the initial benefits of headspace’s voice app, Hanon says that alpine technology can be used in other ways, as well as within its iOS and Android apps, where the user’s actions – not voice commands – He may trigger a personal suggestion that stops.
The abuses say Alpine. Ai was also appealing in such a way that how it was made.
“They made everything on Amazon, they use Docker. This was another reason that it was a very catchy acquisition,” says Abner. “He has created the software using the same pattern that we internally build on our software.
They are making the most of the same database technologies we are using. They use REST services as we … so from a basic perspective, it was very simple.
“I think it’s going to be interesting, connecting our audio content with their text-based system. But when you see what Amazon has provided with things like Lex, there is plenty of text- Two-speech or speech-to-text system, which I think will enable us to implement it. ”
The deal is also about betting on the future of voice computing. Over the years, the number of voice-enabled digital accessory devices has increased by more than 1 billion worldwide. Today, 20 percent of US households have a dedicated smart speaker, and this number is expected to grow.
As one of the leading applications in the profitable self-care app market, the headspace today reaches 31 million users, including customers paying over 1 million in 197 countries. It also runs B2B business, which focuses on bringing its focus practice to large organizations and their employees, where there are more than 250 businesses on board.
At the time of acquisition, Alpine was a seed-stock company, which had raised “some million” from investors including Chernin Group, Javelin Venture Partners and Betaworks. But voice-enabled smart speakers have proven some popularity, but we do not yet have to see many startups working in the voice-based interface and prefer other big platform players like Apple, Google, and Amazon.
This was probably the reason that Alpine. Ai was an attractive acquisition goal (and was also open to exit).
A startup is rolling out small retailers including Petco, who were using the product and offering each one-one transition plan.
Alpine A.A.I. CEO Adam Marshick said about the acquisition, “We are thrilled to dedicate our effort to train and instruct users to make healthy routines.” “Alpine’s machine learning capabilities accelerate the efforts of the headspace to bring new conversation experiences to market.”