We built a prototype with a voice assistant integrated into the Switchboard contact list.
We built this using IBM Watson Assistant. We created a few tailored assistants (e.g. a “Switchboard Assistant” to provide answers about the Switchboard App; and another one to answer questions about businesses nearby the IBM Think event in Las Vegas.
We were also looking into how to use bots in groups with friends.
Our Dash Radio experiment allowed users to listen to the radio together.
It tied into the broader Switchboard platform. Dash Rooms could be added as Public Groups in Switchboard.
We provided Switchboard users with their own link(s) to share with friends or other social networks to let anyone see when they’re available.
Friends could drop in spontaneously without needing to download or
sign up for an app.
Included experiments where the user could hang out in the channel with music playing and others could drop in and join them.
Before free webRTC based rooms were commonplace, we experimented with timed rooms that could be shared to Twitter and other outlets for conversations on trending topics and other media.
We built an integration that connected buttons to
people / groups. Jim used one of these to bug
James regularly =) Video Demo: Click here
This was an experimental feature that was used to easily add others to an ongoing call.
Switchboard friends could be added or else a link could be shared externally to allow anyone to join. Similar features became commonplace thereafter.
Circa 2016, before "Drop in" existed, we built a prototype where we used Echo to control "TurnMeUp" (an app that pre dated Switchboard). Ultimately you could drop in on friends that were subscribed to you. Once the connection was made, VoIP was transmitted through your phone since the API didn't provide the capacity to hold open the microphones in the Echo speaker.
Also spontaneous networks / hangouts etc.