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The new decade has just begun and we can’t help but wonder how much has changed and how much we’ve evolved in the last one. To think of it, it was almost impossible to imagine offices and enterprises without human assistants. People who worked tirelessly to schedule meetings, make important calls and take care of individual and team requirements for a seamless functioning of the organization.

However, thanks to the rate of tech advancement and evolution, these days the need for human assistants is much lower. Personal assistants are a luxury reserved for the elite. Tech trends backed by machine learning and artificial intelligence have made it so much more simpler for individuals to manage their time and automate various tasks that would otherwise need manual human intervention.

We can each have our own virtual assistant now! With each passing day, these software assistants are becoming smarter than before. While we only had a limited number of assistants to choose from at first, these days you’re spoilt for choice.

AI Assistants in Nutshell

AI voice assistants mainly function on voice inputs. Many of them listen constantly for a trigger word, which makes hands-free usage possible. Otherwise, one can simply tap an icon to activate them. Smartphones, smart speakers, smart TVs, and other “smart” internet-connected devices all have inbuilt voice assistants nowadays. Ok Google and Siri have become such an integral part of our lives, and rightly so!

Different people use them for different purposes, but over the last few years, their adoption and usage has definitely boomed. The exact feature sets vary. Most allow for internet searches, media playback, message dictation, scheduling, and alarms. Depending on how well they are integrated multiple hardware sets, you can even control things like volume, Bluetooth and WiFi.

Why this is beneficial for software companies

The advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) has brought a massive change in the enterprises and businesses function. Gone are the days when they were key focus areas for academic research, and that was the end of it. Studies and researches still exist, but we’re seeing more practical implementations today than ever before. As the whole world rides the AI wave, software development firms are going to benefit the most!

There’s so much they can offer. To start with, they don’t just enhance the organization’s productivity and efficiency, but make for unparalleled customer experiences as well. Together, AI and Machine Learning can transform the software development life cycle and thus simplify tedious development processes.

Business impact

By deploying the right mix of AI and ML, businesses stand a chance to gain the following:

Intelligent assistants

  • Error handling and automated analytics
  • Significant savings in terms of both, time and money
  • Optimized automated routine tasks and increased team efficiency
  • Higher productivity and operational efficiencies
  • Faster business decisions based on outputs from cognitive technologies
  • Insights to predict customer preferences and a chance to build personalized consumer experiences
  • Vast amounts of data that generates quality leads and grows your customer base
  • Maximized revenue and better sales opportunities

This saves not only saves precious time, money and resources, but also gives you the ease of access, effective presentations, and avoids the overhead hassles that come with multiple BIM\CAD applications.

We at nCircle Tech have come up with a unique solution called the CAD Assistant that is intended to work across all simulation platforms, to create a very intuitive and “Hands-Free” UI to tedious processes.

The “CAD Assistant” is focused on providing a Voice-Based UI for CAD Software for commands that are frequently used by draftsmen and their reviewers. The “BIM Assistant” works in the same fashion for industry professionals like architects, new entrants, and other non-technical stakeholders.

While building the assistant has been tremendously rewarding, the process was by no means an easy one. A key challenge faced during the inception of this Assistant was deciphering various kinds of sentences with similar semantics. We resolved it using a common server architecture comprised of Neural Networks and Natural Language Processing (NLP) to resolve and understand the command and respond with detailed instructions to the client machine, where our app-specific plugin converted these instructions into actions.

Why worry when CAD Assistant is here!

The CAD Assistant offers the following functionalities:

  1. Select all
  2. Extrude
  3. Fit to view
  4. Create cylinder/cone
  5. Select features from the model tree
  6. Delete features from the model tree

Market Potential

The aim of developing this assistant was to make life simpler for various stakeholders across the board. Here’s how it can help:

1. Reviewers

Usually, modelers/designers face problems while modifying/selecting particular items from bigger models. Reviewers can now view the required model better with more clarity. For example, if you want to view the Floor I plan in Revit, you can simply ask your assistant to show the Floor I plan and your assistant, guided by a voice command will show you that view of the model, rather than choosing which view and how to get there

2. CAD assistant for Non-CAD Operators

For people who are non operators, there is no need for technical jargon when all you have to do is give simple voice commands. The operator does not need to have a complete technical know how of CAD in order to operate this assistant. You can learn functionalities like extruding the file, selecting features from the model tree or even deleting features from the model tree

3. New entrants

New entrants in the market often have trouble using basic features and understanding complex functionalities. The voice command based assistant ensures ease of access and seamless interactions, that leaves no space for ambiguity and confusion. It also provides suggestions that enhance their learning and retention. Generic commands can also be used for all BIM apps, thus making it absolutely simple to use.

4. Constant learning

This assistant avoids the need for different BIM/CAD applications. It can also recognize non-native English speakers, with different grammar semantics. We’ve got your back!

5. Effective presentation

Imagine a non-technical person taking an investor/ client through the presentation which is voice-based. That’s where we are headed. This assistant enables seamless presentations for external stakeholders and customises the presentation according to different business plans. It can take all commands to showcase the plan or run the program effectively, which is a great selling point or a point of attraction for investors.

Why AI Personal Assistants Are the Future

The market for AI solutions, and especially those guided by voice is booming. The AI market is expected to reach $300.26 billion by 2026, up from $15.70 billion in 2017. That’s tremendous!

The demand for AI personal assistants is one of the factors driving that growth. According to Grand View Research, the voice and speech recognition market hit $9.12 billion in 2017. It’s expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 17.2% from 2018 to 2025.

And we have only just started. Right now, we’re in a phase where we’re automating only the most basic processes, but as we grow, so will the functionalities and capabilities of these assistants. A few features that we should all look out for include the following:

  • Add your own commands to a pre-existing assistant
  • Advanced NLP for complex commands ( SharpNLP )
  • Multiple software support
  • The rise of text to voice assistants for daily usage

It’s an exciting growth curve, and we can’t wait to see it unfold!

Author: Simran

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