Baidu, IHG unveil Raven series AI-powered hotel solution
Baidu has teamed up with IHG and unveiled its new Raven series, transforming the smart home experience with three AI-powered hardware products that can hear, understand and fulfill consumer needs.
Smart speaker raven H, the first AI hardware product produced directly by Baidu for the mass market, will be available for purchase next month priced at RMB 1,699 (USD 256).
Raven H is the first product of the Raven series following Baidu’s acquisition of the smart home hardware startup Raven Tech in February 2017. It is unique in that its LED display touch controller can be detached from the base of the device and used independently to voice control not only the main base of raven H regardless of its location, but also all other raven compatible smart home devices.
Baidu has teamed up with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and interior design platform Jia.com to bring raven H straight to consumers. At InterContinental Beijing Sanlitun, 100 rooms will feature raven H, welcoming guests with smart home services. Raven Tech is also collaborating with Jia.com to provide consumers with home décor solutions.
Baidu debuted two additional Raven series products.
The second Raven series product, raven R, is the world’s first automated six-axis robot with emotional intelligence. Building on features of raven H, 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.
The third member of the Raven series line-up is a concept AI Home Robot, raven Q. While still in development, raven Q will eventually integrate multiple technologies such as simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), computer vision, voice recognition and natural language processing.
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