Unified Computer Intelligence Corporation (UCIC) on Tuesday announced an expansion of its artificial intelligence platform Ubi Kit which now also supports the Google Assistant, thus allowing developers to integrate both Alexa and Google's digital companion into their products. By extending the support of its solution, UCIC is hoping to provide its clients with more flexibility in regards to adopting third-party AI services and ultimately offer extra choices to consumers, the company said.
The addition of Google Assistant support doesn't change any of the underlying principles of Ubi Kit which still strives to deliver a straightforward development experience and facilitate the process of implementing AI companions into physical devices. According to UCIC, integrating both the Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa into a hardware product using Ubi Kit can be done in just a couple of minutes, with its platform already providing the necessary backend for such use cases. Coupled with support for a variety of digital signal processors, UCIC is positioning Ubi Kit as a comprehensive tool for integrating voice-enabled AI services into hardware. Even if manufacturers ultimately aren't looking to ship devices that support numerous digital helpers, Ubi Kit's support for both the Google Assistant and Alexa can allow them to easily test individual integrations before deciding on which one to commercialize. The solution's versatility also extends to its support for wake word engines as it's already compatible with platforms from Kitt.AI, Cognitech, and Sensory, whereas additional services will be added to the ecosystem by spring, UCIC said. Likewise, Ubi Kit should soon receive support for more AI assistants, though no details on the matter have yet been provided by the Toronto, Canada-based technology company.
The latest version of Ubi Kit can be downloaded and used free of charge by referring to the banner below, whereas developers interested in adopting the solution for commercial purposes are encouraged to contact UCIC for more information on their licensing options. The current build of Ubi Kit was designed solely with ARM architectures in mind, though UCIC is currently in the process of porting its platform to other microcontrollers and has promised to share more details on its efforts to do so later this year.