A small healthcare company in Los Angeles, Aiva, has secured investment from two competing technology giants in just one week.
The company announced investment from Google's investment program on Monday. Later, Thursday, Amazon's Alexa fund made a new series of investments. Amazon and Google are investing in startups to build rival vocal assistant ecosystem using these funds.
Aiva provides smart speakers such as Google Home and Amazon Echo to patients and the elderly, providing entertainment and education while keeping close relationships with medical institutions. Startup pilots a voice-based operating system at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Google Assistant and Alexa, two powerful digital assistants, are in a fierce battle to win advantage in the new world of voice computing. It is somewhat surprising that Amazon and Google chose to invest in the same startup at about the same time.