The age of the AI chatbot assistant is here, the majority of us have argued with Alexa, had Bixby misunderstand us, shaken our head at Siri or outright got frustrated with Google Home’s nameless wonder.
These are just the voice chatbots, the majority of these new chatbots are based around the messaging apps WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Slack and Skype.
With the spread of messengers, virtual chatbots that imitate human conversations for solving various tasks are becoming increasingly in demand.
Some bots can already set medical appointments, call a taxi, send money to friends, check in for a flight and many other helpful things with an ever-expanding list. The only issue with these is that they’re built around messaging apps so require a 3-4G (5G? Read our other blog post on that here) or wifi connection. What do we do if we don’t have wifi or mobile internet connectivity?
Now think of these but in a text format, an AI chatbot built around SMS.
No wifi needed, just a single bar of signal and the ability to send and receive an SMS message, that’s what an entrepreneurial student in America by the name of Bryce Jurss is currently doing.
“…he and some friends found a need to efficiently split the cost of a pizza delivery but without Wi-Fi access or a cell phone data plan.”
Roy. Roy the AI SMS chatbot who can order you a pizza, divvy up the bill and organise the myriad of payment methods you and your friends have, it always happens no one wants to foot the entire bill for the food and everyone can’t work out what they owe and how they want to pay. This is just the example taken from Bryce’s page, it’s not hard to imagine Roy doing everything that the messenger chatbots can do too.
An SMS powered AI assistant – no wifi – no smartphone, an easily accessible AI assistant for everyone.
Roy Chat is set to launch in the Autumn of 2018 in both the SMS and app formats. You can find out more here.