It has barely been 24 hours since the campaign began, and the smart and seamless, TicPods Free by Mobvoi have already raised USD 229,994 thanks to 2487 backers. Described as the most interactive earbuds by Mobvoi, the stylish Human-machine Interaction device offers an experience that includes ultimate touch controls, optimised Bluetooth connectivity and clear, crisp audio. Founded in 2012 by ex-Googlers, Mobvoi aspires to define the next generation of human-machine interaction. Their engineers strive to innovate tech products that seamlessly integrate cutting-edge technology into daily life. To date, Mobvoi has raised six rounds of funding, led by firms including SIG, Sequoia Capital, Zhenfund, Google and Volkswagen.
For years, smartwatch makers have struggled to make batteries that last longer than two days -- whether it's by adding ultra low power modes or using your body heat. AI company Mobvoi's approach is to develop a new type of display that sips energy, so that it can last up to 30 days. The technology debuts in the Ticwatch Pro, which is now available on Amazon's Exclusives program, and only for Prime members through August 15th. For $250, the Ticwatch Pro offers an impressive array of features, including the battery-maximizing screen. It's actually something called a "Film compensated Super Twisted Nematic (FSTN)" LCD sitting on top of an OLED.
Mobvoi Inc., the Chinese artificial intelligence startup backed by Google, is getting a $180 million investment from Volkswagen AG to join a race to build the technology into cars. The startup, founded in 2012 by a group of former Googlers, will develop products for Volkswagen models and possibly other brands based on its voice-recognition and natural language processing technology. Chinese tech giants are pushing into technologies that have the potential to transform the auto industry. Last month, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. led an investment in WayRay, which makes holographic displays for cars. It's also invested in Banma Technologies, a startup working with China's SAIC Motor to develop internet systems for cars.
As a general rule, in-car voice assistants are... lackluster. Unless you rely on a smartphone tie-in like Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, you're left with stiff voice commands and limited features. Volkswagen wants to do better. It's forming a joint venture with Mobvoi (yes, the smartwatch maker) that will push toward greater use of AI in cars. The two are planning to develop and sell technology that makes use of Mobvoi's voice recognition and search tech to streamline your driving experience.