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the Future of Phone

Interaction with AI
CALENDAR EVENTS

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Zoom meeting with Sam
19:30
Flight to San Francisco
21:30
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TO-DO

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Pack training shoes to SF
Prepare Q1 presentation
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LOCATION ACTION TRIGGERED

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Distance to Airport
12 KM
Relevant Apps
Uber, Google Maps
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SEARCH ACTION TRIGGERED

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Restaurant Guide San Francisco.pdf
SF Boarding Pass.pdf
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Vision
How can we enhance phone interactions?
Our phones have access to rich contextual information like calendar events, notifications, to-do lists, files, location, and so much more. Yet, we use them merely as a gateway to reach various apps, each designed for its own unique purpose.

But what if the phone could be more than just a gateway? What if it could anticipate our needs? What if it could evolve into a true personal assistant?

Existing assistants are essentially voice chatbots on top of the phone interface, they are reactive in nature and don't make use of the wide range of contextual information available on the phone.

Almanac Launcher is the first of its kind to rethink our interaction with phones. It seamlessly marries the user interface with AI, providing deep integration that allows the AI to access contextual information on the phone, thus making sense of the user's world.

But what good is a personal assistant if it can't take action? Almanac Launcher exposes a suite of actions that the AI can perform based on its evaluation of the user's needs. This synergy between a dynamic user interface and a self-acting AI is what makes Almanac Launcher a true personal assistant.
User Experience
Scenario • Imagine you have to catch a flight in a few hours
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Personalized
Conversations feel natural when the AI greets and informs the user with personalized messages, mimicing a real personal assistant.
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Context-Aware
Calendar events, notes, to-do lists, shared files, location, are all put together so you never miss crucial information.
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Unobtrusive
Patiently anticipates your next move, providing relevant actions. But it never gets in your way when you don't need them.
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Proactive
With an implicit understanding of your needs, tasks such as document search are performed in the background automagically.
FAQ
Answers from the human behind the AI
What is a Launcher?
In the Android OS, a launcher is a special app that is responsible for providing the user interface when you unlock the device. It displays the home screen, it can host interactive widgets, app shortcuts, and allows you to launch other apps.
Almanac launcher goes beyond the basic functionality by integrating AI directly into the launcher. The AI is able to access contextual information, interact with the user and perform useful actions on its own.
How can users access Almanac Launcher?
Alamanac Launcher would be available for Android on the Google Play Store. Users can download and install it like any other app.
Once installed, the user would be prompted to set Almanac Launcher as the default launcher. This would allow Almanac Launcher to be the default interface when the user unlocks the device.
Is an iOS version on the roadmap?
Our initial focus is on Android due to its open nature, which allows third parties to redesign the home screen experience. iOS on the other hand is more restrictive.
However, recent additions to iOS such as interactive widgets on the home screen could provide a gateway for a future iOS version that could offer a similar experience.
What is the status of the project?
The project is currently in its intermediary stages with a functioning Android prototype. The foundation of the launcher with its unique user interface is mostly complete. We are currently working on creating the inteface layer for the AI which would allow it to interact with the Android OS and the user.
The phone screens showcased in this website are a 1:1 representation of the current prototype.
What is the monetization strategy?
The tentative plan is to offer Almanac launcher as a freemium app with a limited set of features, this allows us to grow the user base quickly and create an early feedback loop to test out new features. Users can then purchase a subscription to unlock the full set of capabilities.
In the long term, we also plan to form strategic partnerships with phone manufacturers allowing deeper integration with the OS, shipping Almanac Launcher as the default launcher on their devices with a licensing model.
What about data privacy?
The core motivation behind Almanac launcher is to enhance the way we interact with our phones, the real value lies in its ability to make sense of contextual information and perform relevant actions.
At the same time, we understand that the information on the phone is sensitive. Therefore, we plan to employ various technologies such as anonymization, end-to-end encryption, on-device machine learning, and data obfuscation to name a few. This is an active area of research, and we are constantly exploring new ways to enhance data privacy.