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Xiaomi's next A.I.-packed voice assistant speaker may support Cortana

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Xiaomi revealed through its Mi Community that it will offer a new voice assistant speaker for $30 in January. Sold by Xiaomi subsidiary Yeelight, the big deal with this device is that it will sport two virtual assistants: One based on Xiaomi artificial intelligence technology to be used within China, and Amazon Alexa for customers located in the Western market. This dual-A.I. support enables Yeelight to sell the voice assistant speaker on a global scale.


Developing Voice Assistants Will Take A Village – Tolani Adekoya – Medium

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There's a good old saying that says'it takes a village to raise a child' and in the world of tech I believe that child is currently voice assistants. Pretty much most of the new technologies are incorporating voice features and there's a big reason for that. Aside from the fact that it makes interaction with systems easier, voice assistants are not yet advanced and their development relies on analysing vast amounts of voice data. This is why open source projects like the Mozilla Common Voice project exist where users can donate their voice to research and it is also why tech giants like Google and Amazon are pushing out products like Alexa and Google Home. So what exactly do tech companies want to do with our voices?


Snips lets you build your own voice assistant to embed into your devices

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French startup Snips is now helping you build a custom voice assistant for your device. Snips doesn't use Amazon's Alexa Voice Service or Google Assistant SDK -- the company is building its own voice assistant so that you can embed it on your devices. And the best part is that it doesn't send anything to the cloud as it works offline.


The Rise of Voice - What the increase in voice assistants and AI means for business - Search Engine Land

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AI-enabled voice recognition is becoming a normal part of how we interact with technology. What humans say is becoming valuable data that businesses can use to sell products and create personalized consumer experiences. It's critical to think broadly about how voice will impact the entire customer experience, from discovery through to purchase. In this report from Invoca, you'll find:


46% Prefer Using Voice Assistants When Alone; 69% In The Living Room, 61% In The Kitchen

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There are plenty of reasons to use voice assistants, but one of the key drivers is speed. The majority (82%) of voice assistant users say that fast and accurate replies is the most compelling feature that causes them to use the voice assistant. These are among the findings in the Conversational Commerce study by Capgemini Digital Transformation Institute, which surveyed 5,000 consumers in the U.S., U.K., France and Germany. Although the study was focused on consumers making purchases via voice assistants, some other interesting insights about consumers who use voice assistants also were found. For example, more than two-thirds (69%) prefer to use their voice assistants in their living rooms and 61% in the kitchen.