Game development platform Unity Technologies acquires Vivox voice-text platform

Unity Technologies, creator of the real-time  3D development platform, announced it is acquiring Vivox and its cross-platform voice and text communications tools for games.  Vivox is integrated into 125 games worldwide, including Fortnite by Epic Games. The acquisition is expected to help Unity speed the development of games for all levels of developers.

From the release: “Vivox and Unity share a common mission: to empower creators and developers with the most powerful and accessible tools and services,” said John Riccitiello, Chief Executive Officer, Unity Technologies. “The ability for gamers to speak to each other, in real-time, is a requirement in connected games because players want to enjoy great moments together. With Vivox part of Unity, we’re excited to work with the team to make connected communications a seamless integration for devs and develop a future roadmap that takes in-game communications to exciting new places.”

Link: BusinessWire

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Salesforce adds voice assistant to Einstein platform

Salesforce has added voice capabilities to its Einstein platform. Launching in a private pilot this week, the Einstein voice assistant allows users to dictate notes and enter data. The assistant also lets users retrieve data from Salesforce using voice commands, and will compile readouts of Salesforce metrics via a smart speaker. The previous voice launch for Einstein, Voice Bots which users can configure to answer customer service questions on a smart speaker, launched this past summer.

From the release: “We’re in the midst of an incredible technological shift, where the power of voice is fundamentally changing the way we work,” said Parker Harris, co-founder and CTO of Salesforce. “Einstein Voice will usher in a new era of conversational CRM, delivering new levels of productivity and redefining customer experiences with voice technology.”

Link: ZDNet

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