While Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant battle for dominance, Chinese firm Baidu unveiled their own AI assistant at CES 2017. Chinese Search Engine giant in partnership with brand AiNemo demoed a voice-controlled virtual family Baidu robot.
Dubbed “Little Fish,” a translation of its Chinese name “Xiaoyu Zaijia,” the AI has most of Alexa’s talents along with a big screen, camera and touch of robotics. Little Fish is manufactured by AiNemo and powered by Baidu’s AI assistant platform DuerOS. Baidu’s AI platform is already compatible with several local services in China.
Little Fish Features
Unlike “faceless” Amazon Alexa or Google Home devices, Little Fish is prominently defined by its touchscreen display. Neither Baidu nor AiNemo have yet revealed the exact specifics of the Little Fish’s display. It could be at least six inches in size diagonally according to Android Headlines.
The home assistant supports traditional voice commands in addition to touchscreen interactions. It performs all kinds of tasks normally supported by other digital assistants. Little Fish can play music, set alarms and reminders and provide updates on news and traffic. It also processes on-demand services such as ordering takeout or movie tickets and control home appliances, all in one go.
There is also a camera on the top to track and the screen swivels to keep facing a speaker. The camera can also be used for making video calls and more. Also, you can call in to Little Fish from your phone and pan its camera remotely. The device is even capable of operating other Internet of Things devices.
Little Fish Price Availability
Little Fish will launch initially in China in March 2017 and is priced at an equivalent of US $300. Baidu has not officially confirmed the stated price.
There is, however, no information on whether this device will ever be available in other markets. Baidu’s chief scientist Andrew Ng, however, said the company is “open to the possibility” of working with partners in the U.S.
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