Today’s internet startup Winston is a smart digital voice that gives you information direct from your smartphone. It is a personal assistant like Siri, but unlike Siri, Winston doesn’t listen. He just talks. Where Siri lacks in personality the Winston founders have spent a lot of time making their app polite. They gave Winston a British man’s voice, like the butler many people dream of having.
Winston, at the moment only available on iOS, sucks down your social feeds and networks, cuts the content to size, and then reads you the news, saving you from the work of physically reading a single thing.
Winston can decipher disjointed tweets. It can tell if your friends broke up with someone, or someone passed away by reading Facebook status messages. The app is programmed to identify feelings while scanning for the latest, relevant news. It sorts every bit of content it receives through semantic analysis, and it pays attention to the content you interact with. Basically, it’s always getting smarter.
Winston was build by Reactor Labs and they have plans to eventually allow Winston to access your daily agenda and add voice commands, both of which will make Winston not only sound like a bultler but also make it act even more like a loyal butler.
I’ve tested Winston with my dutch Facebook and Twitter accounts and though the names of my friends do sound a bit funny in Winston’s accent, the semantic analysis is spot on every single time. It would be great if it came available in more languages and on more platforms. But for now I can already say that I like waking up with Winston at my side.