Virtual Assistants in Higher Education (2014 Fall Semester)
By Hongxi Liu, Sisi Jiang, and Yurun Jin on Oct 14, 2014

Here's the link to our presentation:
Prepare to be "emazed"!

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Virtual Assistants in Higher Education (2014 Summer Semester)
Here is our presentation on Virtual Assistants:
You will need to download the SlideIdea app in order to view it:

Here is the PDF version of our presentation:

The links to the videos from our presentation don't work in the PDF so we have added them here:
MindMeld Video, "Her" Trailer, Are you Siri-ous Video

If you are interested, you can also check out: BlabDroid Teaser


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