Tech Talk (Jan. 2021)

Find out about the latest advances in training technology.

  • Powercast Corporation, a leader in radio-frequency (RF)-based, over-the-air wireless power technology, and Microchip Technology announced the launch of a new wirelessly powered RFID Temperature Scanning System that enables businesses to easily and safely monitor employees’ temperatures as businesses work to reopen during the pandemic.
  • Sciolytix unveiled a new remote selling learning ecosystem called UPtick for sales reps to learn, practice, and develop amid the continuing lockdown. The platform offers an end-to-end, multi-stage remote selling journey—from pre-call planning to closing the deal. All conversations take place within a Zoom conferencing framework.
  • Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc., a global leader in people development solutions, formed the Cornerstone Innovation Lab for AI, a new center of excellence within the company composed of data scientists and machine learning experts who specialize in innovating practical and ethical ways to apply artificial intelligence (AI) technology to the workplace. Expertise from the Cornerstone Innovation Lab for AI already has helped design and build Cornerstone’s skills engine, the Cornerstone Skills Graph. New research, whitepapers, and other educational materials will be shared for free at:
  • Jenzabar, Inc., a technology innovator in higher education serving the new student, launched Jenzabar Chatbot, a new artificial intelligence (AI) conversation agent designed specifically for higher education. Jenzabar Chatbot offers a faster, more convenient way for students to get the information they need at any time, while freeing up time for support personnel to work on more complex issues. It also provides institutions with real-time insight into student satisfaction levels through a one-click micro-satisfaction survey. For more information, visit:
  • AVATAR Partners, an innovator in virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (extended reality or XR, collectively), announced four enhancements to its codeless, mixed-reality (MR) software authoring tool, SimplifyXR. The new enhancements include: real-time content distribution; configuration management; rapid, transparent updating; and SmartMR integration.
  • O’Reilly, a source for insight-driven learning on technology and business, launched O’Reilly Answers, an advanced natural language processing (NLP) engine that delivers quick, contextually relevant answers to challenging technical questions posed by users through O’Reilly online learning. O’Reilly Answers features one-click integration into Slack. For more information and to register for a free 10-day trial, visit:
Lorri Freifeld
Lorri Freifeld is the editor/publisher of Training magazine. She writes on a number of topics, including talent management, training technology, and leadership development. She spearheads two awards programs: the Training APEX Awards and Emerging Training Leaders. A writer/editor for the last 30 years, she has held editing positions at a variety of publications and holds a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University.