Baidu unveils AI-backed smart home speakers to compete with Amazon

The three new smart devices are designed for the highly competitive smart home market.
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Chinese language Internet search giant Baidu.com on Thursday unveiled its first smart home speaker powered by the company's DuerOS conversational artificial intelligence hardware.

The company launched its new Raven series smart devices line-up powered by AI technology at its annual "Baidu World" conference in Beijing. The speakers are very similar to the virtual assistants currently available in the market such as Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa.

Baidu’s smart speaker Raven H is the first of the Raven series produced by the Beijing-based Chinese operator and will be available for purchase next month for about USD256  or 1,699 yuan.

“Humans and machines have been interacting with one another for years, but raven H aims to create a world in which this interaction is seamless.” Cheng Lyu, Founder of Raven Tech

“Humans and machines have been interacting with one another for years, but raven H aims to create a world in which this interaction is seamless,” Cheng Lyu, the founder of Raven Tech who joined Baidu as the GM of its Intelligent Hardware Unit earlier this year, said. “Its adjustable design lets its user move through their home or workspace, while remaining connected to both the raven H system and their personal world."

Baidu also debuted two additional Raven series products - Raven R, an automated six-axis robot with emotional intelligence. Raven R has six human-like "joints" that allow it to move flexibly following a user's command, and express emotions to enhance the interactive experience.

Raven Q, is the other member of the Raven series line-up. While still in development, Raven Q will eventually integrate multiple technologies such as simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM), computer vision, voice recognition and natural language processing.

"These smart speakers and AI home robot may sound like a small step in the history of technology — but they will help people's everyday lives and bring them an experience once only seen in sci-fi movies," Lyu said