Visit Orlando’s new app puts an AI tour guide in the palm of your hand

0 Posted by - 26th August 2016 - Technology

Orlando tourism has launched a new app that uses the power of IBM’s Jeopardy-winning Watson AI to bring you customized local recommendations.

The app, which is currently in public beta, learns from your interactions, allowing you to input text or speech search requests. The results are crowdsourced from a number of travel resources, such as TripAdvisor. The more you use the app, the more Watson will cater the recommendations to your preferences.

A promotional video marking the launch of the Visit Orlando app touts it as a “first for travellers.” So what are the benefits of having a deep learning learning AI act as your own personal Orlando expert? Well, for one, it allows you to request detailed information from a travel-oriented digital assistant. Want a great view of the city? Watson will tell you where to go. Looking for the best local seafood restaurants in a specific locale? Watson has you covered. The only thing the AI (probably) can’t help you with is how to get away with cutting in line at Disney World.

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Aside from Watson, the app boasts an augmented reality map, alongside a traditional 2D map. Visit Orlando also borrows a few features from other buzzing apps, including an augmented reality game that may appeal to fans of Pokémon Go, and a number of Snapchat-style selfie filters.

The app also allows users to purchase discount attraction tickets. And, if you’re craving some human assistance, you can use it to contact a Visit Orlando travel specialist for navigational tips. The Visit Orlando app is available now for iOS and Android.

IBM’s versatile AI is having a busy 2016. In June, the supercomputer began interacting with passengers on a self-driving EV bus in Washington D.C. as part of a partnership between IBM and automaker Local Motors. That same month, it had journalists worrying about the future of their profession when it independently edited an entire magazine. It also found time to indulge in a spot of robotic dancing earlier this year.

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