Samsung may be working on a Bixby-powered smart speaker

By Shrey Pacheco | Published on Jun 09 2017
Samsung may be working on a Bixby-powered smart speaker
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The company has reportedly been granted design patents for a new standalone audio device

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It seems like every company now wants to release an AI-based smart speaker. Just a few days after Apple announced it HomePod speakers, a report by The Korea Herald suggests that Samsung may be planning to launch its own speaker. This new speaker is tipped to be powered by Bixby, the company’s own AI-based assistant. The report notes that Samsung has been granted design patents for a new standalone audio device. Details about the speaker are not yet known.

It should also be noted that Samsung’s subsidiary, Harman Kardon, unveiled its Invoke speakers last month. The speakers are powered by Microsoft’s Cortana, who responds to user queries. The speaker was showcased at the Build event. The speaker sports a metallic speaker cabinet and offer 360-degree audio output.

Apple recently showcased the HomePod speaker at its recent WWDC event. The speaker has a barrel-like design with seven tweeters and a 4-inch upward facing subwoofer. It also sports a six-microphone array with echo cancellation technology.

Amazon and Google have already launch their own smart speakers. While Google has its Home speaker, Amazon has a range of Alexa-powered speakers powered by its Alexa assistant. The company recently launched the Echo Look and Echo Show. The Echo Look features a camera and LED lights. It uses machine learning and advice from fashion experts to help you find out what looks best on you. The Amazon Echo Show features a 7-inch touch screen display that can be used to watch feed from security cameras, or bring up YouTube.

 

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Shrey Pacheco

Writer, gamer, and hater of public transport.

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