Turing Robot Serves as the Voice Assistance of Lenovo’s New Concept Intelligent Home Device “Smart Cast+”

Turing Robot Serves as the Voice Assistance of Lenovo’s New Concept Intelligent Home Device “Smart Cast+”

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SHANGHAI, July 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Tech World Event of Lenovo was held in Shanghai on July 20th, 2017. AI played the biggest role this year. Turing Robot serves as the voice assistant of Lenovo’s latest Concept home device Smart Cast+ which was quite remarkable at the event.

In recent years, intelligent home devices are seeing more and more adoptionsMajor companies are producing these products, such as Amazon‘s Echo and Google‘s Google Home. In mid 2017, Apple also published its home device with Siri inside called Home Pod. Compared to the extreme competition overseas, the home devices industry in China seems a little bit quiet. Xiaomi, JD, Baidu and Alibaba all have sold similar products.

For the home device industry in and outside of China, the one difficulty they all face is the immature intelligent home furnishing ecosystem. To stay competitive in the market, voice interface is the key, as it weighs the most in the experience and intelligence level of a home device. Take Echo for example, in 2014, when Echo made its first appearance, its relatively poor function didn’t get Amazon much applause. But then things changed when Alexa joined the game.

Early this year, Lenovo released a home device that looked a lot like Echo, which had both an English and Chinese version. Its English version used Alexa as Echo did, and the Chinese version was provided by Lenovo Academy. But this time with Smart Cast+, not only its appearance is more creative, but also its Chinese voice assistant was provided by Turing Robot.

Turing Robot has abundant data resources in the areas of voice assistant. Early in2012, Turing Robot launched an app called Wormhole, a voice assistant app, announced its stepping into the war of voice assistant. Recently, Turing Robot‘s open platform has over 600,000 enterprises and developers, which made Turing Robot the world’s biggest open platform for a chat bot. The large data storage that Turing Robot possesses guarantees Smart Cast+’s experience at its voice interface level.

Having Turing Robot as its voice assistant, Smart Cast’s users can “wake up” SmartCast+ by saying ”Hello, Lenovo” and find songs and movies using their voices. Users can also search for information such as weather forecast, stories, encyclopedias, FAQ and so on. Turing Robot not only plays the role of voice assistant, but works more like an operating system.

SmartCast+ is a smart speaker with projection, plus the function of object recognition and AR interaction. This means users can not only talk to it, but also touch the screen projected on the desk, just like the way you interact with a tablet.

Presently, SmartCast+ is no more than a concept product, its release is still pending. Can Lenovo and Turing Robot can copy the success of Amazon and Alexa? Let’s wait and see.

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FASTSIGNS International, Inc. Reports Strong Mid-Year Growth with Signing of 16 New Franchise Agreements and Opening of 17 New and Co-Branded Centers

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. Reports Strong Mid-Year Growth with Signing of 16 New Franchise Agreements and Opening of 17 New and Co-Branded Centers

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Sign, Graphics and Visual Communications Franchisor Continues Expansion
in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom and Plans to Open Another 30 Locations in 2017

CARROLLTON, Texas, July 21, 2017 /CNW/ — FASTSIGNS International, Inc., franchisor of FASTSIGNS®, the leading sign, graphics and visual communications franchise, announced today that it opened 17 centers across the U.S., Canada, and England in the first half of 2017 and signed 16 franchise agreements to develop additional new, co-branded, and conversion locations in the coming months and expect to finalize several Master Franchise agreements.

FASTSIGNS logo (PRNewsFoto/FASTSIGNS)

Due to the ongoing worldwide need for visual communications and digital signage technology, and an extremely successful 2016, the company expects to open a projected 45 locations in 2017. Markets with planned FASTSIGNS center openings include Sacramento, Detroit, Phoenix, Winnipeg, and Calgary.

“We are thrilled to be diving into the second half of the year with such a strong start to 2017,” said Mark Jameson, EVP of Franchise Support and Development, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. “We’ve seen tremendous growth in the past six months, welcoming over two dozen franchisees from locations all over the world into our network. As we continue to strengthen our presence in key markets across multiple countries, we are seeking franchisees interested in co-brand and conversion franchise opportunities, where independent print and sign shop owners can expand their existing business or convert their business to FASTSIGNS.”

Suki Khansarinia is a first-time franchisee that has begun to convert her existing sign and visual communications business into a FASTSIGNS location. Located within Los Angeles County, Suki Khansarinia will open the first FASTSIGNS location in Pomona, California, in the coming months.

“I absolutely loved the patience and guidance the entire FASTSIGNS team provided throughout the entire process of deciding which franchise opportunity to invest in,” said Suki Khansarinia. “While choosing a new business venture is never easy, I required a lot of information and time before making the best decision for my family. Every person who stepped in to answer my questions made me feel comfortable and provided honest answers based on their personal experiences. I never felt pressured. The exceptional franchise support that FASTSIGNS offers to their network of franchisees helped them stand apart from our other options and we truly look forward to joining the FASTSIGNS family.”

For any existing business looking to expand into this fast-paced market, FASTSIGNS gives the added support and training needed to make the process smooth. Whether an existing print-based business or a photography studio, FASTSIGNS’ co-brand centers receive the same assistance as any new franchisee, with the added bonus of being able to exclude established revenue streams, outside of the FASTSIGNS core business offering, from future royalty payments. Both the co-brand franchise opportunity and conversion can be started with only $15,000 down on the initial franchise fee.

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. was ranked number 1 in the Business Services/Signs category for 2017 and 95 overall in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500®, the world’s first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking. Acknowledged by entrepreneurs and franchisors as a top competitive tool of measurement, the Franchise 500® recognizes FASTSIGNS for its exceptional performance in areas including financial strength and stability, growth rate and brand power. FASTSIGNS also has been recognized for its franchisee satisfaction by being named a World Class Franchise by the Franchise Research Institute for five consecutive years and ranking number one in franchisee satisfaction by Franchise Business Review in 2016 and was recently named to Franchise Business Review’s ” innovative franchise brands list.

For information about the FASTSIGNS franchise opportunity, contact Mark Jameson (mark.jameson@fastsigns.com or 214-346-5679).

About FASTSIGNS®
FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the largest sign and visual communications franchisor in North America, and is the worldwide franchisor of 660 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS® centers in nine countries including the US, Canada, England, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Grand Cayman, Mexico and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®).

FASTSIGNS locations provide comprehensive sign and visual graphic solutions to help companies of all sizes and across all industries attract more attention, communicate their message, sell more products, help visitors find their way and extend their branding across all of their customer touch points including décor, events, wearables and marketing materials. Learn more about sign and visual graphic solutions or find a location at fastsigns.com. Follow the brand on Twitter @FASTSIGNS, Facebook at facebook.com/FASTSIGNS or LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/fastsigns.

Contact:
Chelsea Bear
Fish Consulting
954-893-9150
cbear@fish-consulting.com

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FASTSIGNS International, Inc. Reports Strong Mid-Year Growth with Signing of 16 New Franchise Agreements and Opening of 17 New and Co-Branded Centers

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FASTSIGNS International, Inc. Reports Strong Mid-Year Growth with Signing of 16 New Franchise Agreements and Opening of 17 New and Co-Branded Centers

PR Newswire

Sign, Graphics and Visual Communications Franchisor Continues Expansion
in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom and Plans to Open Another 30 Locations in 2017

CARROLLTON, Texas, July 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — FASTSIGNS International, Inc., franchisor of FASTSIGNS®, the leading sign, graphics and visual communications franchise, announced today that it opened 17 centers across the U.S., Canada, and England in the first half of 2017 and signed 16 franchise agreements to develop additional new, co-branded, and conversion locations in the coming months and expect to finalize several Master Franchise agreements.

FASTSIGNS logo (PRNewsFoto/FASTSIGNS)

Due to the ongoing worldwide need for visual communications and digital signage technology, and an extremely successful 2016, the company expects to open a projected 45 locations in 2017. Markets with planned FASTSIGNS center openings include Sacramento, Detroit, Phoenix, Winnipeg, and Calgary.

“We are thrilled to be diving into the second half of the year with such a strong start to 2017,” said Mark Jameson, EVP of Franchise Support and Development, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. “We’ve seen tremendous growth in the past six months, welcoming over two dozen franchisees from locations all over the world into our network. As we continue to strengthen our presence in key markets across multiple countries, we are seeking franchisees interested in co-brand and conversion franchise opportunities, where independent print and sign shop owners can expand their existing business or convert their business to FASTSIGNS.”

Suki Khansarinia is a first-time franchisee that has begun to convert her existing sign and visual communications business into a FASTSIGNS location. Located within Los Angeles County, Suki Khansarinia will open the first FASTSIGNS location in Pomona, California, in the coming months.

“I absolutely loved the patience and guidance the entire FASTSIGNS team provided throughout the entire process of deciding which franchise opportunity to invest in,” said Suki Khansarinia. “While choosing a new business venture is never easy, I required a lot of information and time before making the best decision for my family. Every person who stepped in to answer my questions made me feel comfortable and provided honest answers based on their personal experiences. I never felt pressured. The exceptional franchise support that FASTSIGNS offers to their network of franchisees helped them stand apart from our other options and we truly look forward to joining the FASTSIGNS family.”

For any existing business looking to expand into this fast-paced market, FASTSIGNS gives the added support and training needed to make the process smooth. Whether an existing print-based business or a photography studio, FASTSIGNS’ co-brand centers receive the same assistance as any new franchisee, with the added bonus of being able to exclude established revenue streams, outside of the FASTSIGNS core business offering, from future royalty payments. Both the co-brand franchise opportunity and conversion can be started with only $15,000 down on the initial franchise fee.

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. was ranked number 1 in the Business Services/Signs category for 2017 and 95 overall in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500®, the world’s first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking. Acknowledged by entrepreneurs and franchisors as a top competitive tool of measurement, the Franchise 500® recognizes FASTSIGNS for its exceptional performance in areas including financial strength and stability, growth rate and brand power. FASTSIGNS also has been recognized for its franchisee satisfaction by being named a World Class Franchise by the Franchise Research Institute for five consecutive years and ranking number one in franchisee satisfaction by Franchise Business Review in 2016 and was recently named to Franchise Business Review’s ” innovative franchise brands list.

For information about the FASTSIGNS franchise opportunity, contact Mark Jameson (mark.jameson@fastsigns.com or 214-346-5679).

About FASTSIGNS®
FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the largest sign and visual communications franchisor in North America, and is the worldwide franchisor of 660 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS® centers in nine countries including the US, Canada, England, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Grand Cayman, Mexico and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®).

FASTSIGNS locations provide comprehensive sign and visual graphic solutions to help companies of all sizes and across all industries attract more attention, communicate their message, sell more products, help visitors find their way and extend their branding across all of their customer touch points including décor, events, wearables and marketing materials. Learn more about sign and visual graphic solutions or find a location at fastsigns.com. Follow the brand on Twitter @FASTSIGNS, Facebook at facebook.com/FASTSIGNS or LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/fastsigns.

Contact:
Chelsea Bear
Fish Consulting
954-893-9150
cbear@fish-consulting.com

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