Emoshape from London, which is trying to raise $100,000 toward EmoSPARK's development through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.
One of the initial applications will be gaming. But Emoshape is trying to attract developers who might create a range of other applications, such as information alerts or social media monitoring. The conversational features that are shown off on the company's Web information are far superior to what you'd hear from your average GPS. Some of the potential uses are depicted in the video below:
With 22 days left as of when I'm posting this article, the campaign for EmoSPARK had raised more than three-quarters of its funding goal. And the comments on the site mention that the company now is in talks with IBM about how to integrate its technology with Watson, which is IBM's highly publicized AI technology (the same stuff behind the computer that plays Jeopardy and chess with such expertise against human rivals).
Those kicking in $1,000 will get to be a beta-tester of the technology. Those contributing $224 will get $25 off the cube (the list price looks to be around $250), along with one free mobile app. (You have to tack on $35 for shipping.)