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Willybot The Movie – The Virtual Assistant that makes (y)our meeting fun again

* read in typical tell-sell voice *

Are you tired of long and dull meetings? Are your notes always lost? Do you have those awkward silences at the beginning of meetings, when everybody looks at each other who’s going to take notes? Those days are over!

We introduce you to Willy, created by seven Data Scientists at Cmotions with the latest state-of-the-art algorithms, this virtual assistant is here for you! Based on its patented algorithms, Willy can schedule your meetings AND take notes during the meetings. The notes are emailed to all the attendants, this means NO more cramps in your fingers, NO more forgetting to take notes and NO more losing your notes.


Does the meeting suck all the oxygen out of the room and the energy out of your body? Are you in desperate need of some coffee, espresso or cappuccino? Or rather have something to eat? Willy can order both! Willy can send your order to the coffee machine or order some sandwiches at your local lunchroom.

Is that all Willy can do? Of course not, with Partymode your Friday afternoon automatically turns into a festive blowout.

Warning: If your Willy shows a tendency towards world domination, please immediately unplug!

All kidding aside, the Willybot was an awesome project to work on. A project which emerged because we wanted to learn more about speech recognition and text analytics. A project of which we are quite proud, all features shown in the video actually work. Ask Willy to schedule a meeting and he’ll look through all participants agenda’s and find the first available time slot. Ask Willy to take notes and he’ll send a summary of the transcribed speech, together with a to do list, to all participants present. Willy is also connected to our coffee machine, kindly ask for an espresso and that’s what you’ll get. Hungry? Just tell your order to Willy and he’ll contact your local lunchroom and places an order.

Curious how we did this? Get in contact and we’ll tell you everything during a cup of coffee, which Willy ordered!


Project Friday 1.1: Artificial Intelligence meets coffee

This Friday we started with our first ‘Project Friday’. About once a month, on a Friday, we’ll lock ourselves away for the afternoon with a couple of beers and a fun project. The project doesn’t need to bring money to table, it needs to bring fun, challenges, knowledge and inspiration to the table.

Our first project is definitely an awesome one; Artificial Intelligence meets Coffee! Douwe Egberts was kind enough to provide us with a full automatic coffee machine, well almost full automatic, you still need to push the button to let the machine know whether you want a normal coffee, a cappuccino, an espresso or whatever grinds your gears. Our objective: create an actual full automatic coffee machine. The goal is to add face recognition to the coffee machine: Stand in front of the machine, the machine recognizes who you are and knows which coffee you want.

We started by prepping a Raspberry Pi and installing OpenCV. Dismantling the machine and figuring out how circuit board works using the well proven method of trial and error. Since we’re not engineers, the biggest challenge is probably going to be to hack the coffee machine: within 15 minutes, one colleague managed to short circuit the Arduino board. Great start!




PF 1.0


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