First invented in 1922, voice assisted technology has undergone various stages over the span of a 100 years. Today’s technology is a far cry from that of 1922, much more efficient, complex and compact. The most widely recognised brands today are Apple’s Siri and Google’s Alexa. Now, a Ghanaian tech company has launched theirs, and it responds to local Ghanaian languages.
Abena AI as it is called, also known as ‘Twi Siri’ is a voice controlled mobile assistant that takes commands in Twi and also responds in Twi, in addition to working completely offline, unlike its contemporaries. The service was developed by Ghanaian applications developer collective Mobobi Studios LLC, led by one Nana Ghartey. Since its release on April 6, it already has over 7,000 downloads on Google Play Store.
Abena AI is currently only available for download on Google Playstore and only works with Twi at the moment. Work is underway to include other local Ghanaian languages and expand to other operating platforms. Some of the functions of the app include setting reminders, checking MOMO Balance, sending MOMO or airtime, weather reports and more.
Abena Siri is currently available on Google PlayStore with a 4.3 rating inside the top 4 free in productivity. Ghanaians on the internet have widely accepted the app, expressing interest and excitement for it.