Everyone dreams of having a personal assistant. You know, preferably someone like Pepper Potts who will do everything for you, even taking out the trash occasionally. Of course, for average people like you and me, a personal Pepper Potts is probably going to stay a dream forever. But there are brilliant minds who create their own startups to try to create personal assistant apps that will have to suffice.
This personal assistant app, which holds so much potential that it recently received a nice sum of $1.1 million as seed funding from the likes of Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, and InterWest Partners. At first glance, Sherpa reminds one of Google Now.
What does Sherpa do?
To fullfil its function as a personal assistant, Sherpa takes a look at the location data of the user. From this, it predicts alerts and information even before the user asks for it. A perfect situational example is when you’re on the road. Instead of having to check Waze for the traffic situation, you will only need Sherpa. The app will tell you how the traffic is and even suggest alternate routes if necessary. It can do similar things regarding weather, shops, ticket counters, flights, and so on.
It goes deeper than that. The idea of Sherpa is to tap into the veritable treasure trove of information that is already stored in your phone. For example, you only have to enter a location and appointment/activity once in your calendar, and Sherpa can use that information to give you a reminder or suggestions related to the area or activity.
How can it make you forget about Google Now?
Sherpa is currently in beta, so it may not be as strong – yet. The distinguishing factor, though, is that the creators of Sherpa aim to “predictive intelligence through location“, more than Google Now, which focuses more on ambient search. If things go as planned, Sherpa will indeed be a go-to app for all reminders, suggestions, and other relevant content connected to real life.
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