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Amazon Echo now has a strong Chinese competitor in Baidu's Raven H

The ‘raven H” smart speaker The ‘raven H” smart speaker
Melba Vasquez | 17 November, 2017, 07:05

Baidu is also pushing its smart home tech further with two robots, the Raven R and Raven Q. The former is a six-axis bot with "emotional intelligence" created to move and react in more emotional ways to a user's commands and prompts. That system is similar to virtual assistants like Amazon's Alexa, the Google Assistant and Microsoft's Cortana.

These are speakers that the company has collaborated with China's Baidu and Raven Tech, and as you can see in the photo above, these are definitely not your run-of-the-mill smart speaker. Components have also been sourced from Danish audio systems notable, Tymphany.

Equipped with DuerOS2.0, Raven H provides an instant gateway to Baidu's vast online resources, allowing users to use their voices to perform a wide range of tasks including searching for information, playing music, hailing a taxi and more, said the document.

That said, the Raven H will face stiff competition in the smart home speaker market, which according to Strategy Analytics, is now dominated by Amazon.

Beefing up efforts in the smart home sector, Baidu has so far teamed up with InterContinental Hotels Group and interior design platform Jia.com to bring the Raven H straight to consumers, which will be available for purchase in December priced at 1,699 yuan ($256).

Looking like something that has been as much inspired by Lego bricks as it has from concept speakers, the Raven H smart speaker at first glance appears to be a stack of plastic squares.

The raven R home robot is an arm and LED display with the ability to swivel and move to mimic expression and emotion.

A third Raven series device, a home robot named raven Q, will include DuerOS natural language processing and computer vision to construct a 3D model of its surroundings.

Baidu did indicate any pricing or availability details for the Raven R and Raven Q robots in the announcement.

"Each product in our new Raven series is integrated with Baidu's latest AI technologies, including facial recognition, computer vision and even our Apollo autonomous driving technology", Lyu said in a statement shared with VentureBeat.

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