The zen of voice AI? Headspace acquires Alpine.AI to make guided meditation interactive.


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Headspace, a meditation app with 31 million mindfulness enthusiast subscribers, has acquired Alpine.AI (previously known as VoiceLabs), to bring more voice interaction to its users.

“There are a few meditation apps out there right now…but the ability to react to where you are in your journey with specific advice through voice applications will be [far ahead] of where our competitors are,” says Headspace’s  new CTO Paddy Hannon, who will lead the Alpine team of four who are joining Headspace’s offices in San Francisco.

Today, Headspace’s primary interface is audio. Users are guided through meditation sessions by the soothing, calm and distinctive voice of Andy Puddicombe, the co-founder who is a former Tibetan monk.

Building on that foundation, the plan will be to implement Alpine.AI’s technology to give people an interactive voice-based way to discover the different meditation sessions available on Headspace, and to use those interactions to make better suggestions to individual users.

What do you think? Is interactivity the next level for guided meditation or is it counterintuitive to the process? 

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