IBM Watson Workshop: Facial Recognition in Python with OpenCV & IBM Watson
June 23, 2017
About the Event:

Discover how with IBM Watson, you can virtually explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, and to boldly go where no one has gone before.

During the meetup, Michael Ludden (Director of Product IBM Watson Developer Labs & AR/VR Labs) will discuss how by utilizing IBM Watson, the Star Trek: Bridge Crew virtual reality game applies an artificial intelligence platform with enabled voice commands.

IBM’s new “VR Speech Sandbox" (the software used to build the Star Trek: Bridge Crew feature,) is now available for all developers to adapt for their own VR applications and services. The Sandbox combines IBM’s Watson Unity software development kit with two services, Watson Speech to Text and Watson Conversation. Developers now have the opportunity to build new and innovative user interfaces, leveraging the power of voice interaction in virtual reality.

With IBM Watson’s interactive speech and cognitive capabilities, Star Trek: Bridge Crew will provide players the opportunity to use their voice and natural-language commands to interact with their virtual Starfleet crew members. This feature is part of a strategic partnership between IBM and Ubisoft.

Michael Ludden

Director of Product at IBM’s Watson Developer Labs & AR/VR Labs


Previously, Michael was Developer Marketing Manager Lead at Google, Head of Developer Marketing at Samsung, a Developer Evangelist at HTC, Global Director of Developer Relations at startups Quixey & Nexmo, and was involved at various times in development, product management, marketing, co-founding startups, tech show hosting, and even cruise-ship singing (don’t ask). Michael has a degree from UCLA and is happy to share more about exciting developments in the exploding field of Artificial Intelligence.

John Cutter

Product Manager - IBM Watson, AR/VR Labs


John Cutter is a Product Manager for IBM’s AR/VR Labs and works with AR/VR developers to create developer tools powered by Watson. John believes immersive technology like virtual reality, augmented reality & mixed reality is the next major computing platform that will change everything about how humans perceive the world (and hopefully bring humanity a bit closer). John has worked at Google and recently partnered with Ubisoft to launch voice command & control in their VR game, Star Trek: Bridge Crew. He attended the University of San Diego and currently lives in Silicon Valley.

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