Star Trek: Bridge Crew Integrates IBM Watson For Voice Commands

Starting today, Star Trek: Bridge Crew has interactive speech and cognitive capabilities courtesy of IBM Watson. As Michael Ludden of IBM describes in the video below, Watson’s speech-to-text service transcribes the voice command and then sends it through Watson Conversation to parse the meaning of the text and deliver the command.

In order to be heard by their AI crewmates, players need only press a button to activate listening and then speak commands to the crew. This works whether you are playing solo, or cooperatively with a mix of human and AI crewmates. Most existing commands are voice-compatible (players must still select targets manually), but there are a few extras the team put in to enhance the Trek experience. “Make it so” will engage warp or impulse to the targeted destination, “on screen” responds to a hail, “damage report” brings up the ship status, and “red alert” causes all your human teammates to freak out (by activating the red alert siren).

This Watson-fueled functionality is now live for all platforms and works in-game on both the Aegis and the original Enterprise. Star Trek: Bridge Crew is out for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR. For more on living out your Star Trek dreams in VR, check out the UbiBlog’s coverage below.

Star Trek: Bridge Crew – Teaming Up on the Aegis and Enterprise

Star Trek: Bridge Crew – IBM’s Watson Takes the Conn

Star Trek: Bridge Crew – Now Available

Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Release date — May 30, 2017
Developer — Red Storm Entertainment
Star Trek: Bridge Crew puts you and your friends in the heart of a starship, where- as officers of the Federation- every action and decision you make together will determine the fate of your ship and crew. Developed specifically for VR, Star Trek: Bridge Crew is the only game to offer a true-to-life level of immersion in the Star Trek universe.

In Star Trek: Bridge Crew, the Federation dispatches you and your crew to command the new vessel U.S.S. Aegis as part of a critical initiative. Your mission: explore a largely uncharted sector of space known as The Trench, in hopes of locating a suitable new home world for the decimated Vulcan populace. The Trench contains stunning beauty and undiscovered wonders, but also strange anomalies and dangers yet unknown. The Klingon Empire is also active in the region, and their purpose is undoubtedly a threat to the Federation’s plans. It’s up to you and your crew to chart the sector to determine the Klingons’ aims, and to secure a peaceful Federation presence.

ESRB Rating: E10+

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