Startup Rokid develops AI voice recognition chio

05/06/2018

Hangzhou-based startup Rokid is on the cusp of launching and mass-producing an artificial intelligence-powered voice recognition chip after two years of research and development.

 

The robotics and AI-focused company will be revealing more specifics at its upcoming Rokid Jungle event in Hangzhou on June 26, along with new product developments and major partnerships, Technode reported.

According to the company, the custom AI chip is more power efficient, lower in cost and better designed for third-party vendors, original equipment manufacturers and small appliance manufacturers than other chips currently on the market.

The 2014-founded company also makes the smart speaker Rokid Pebble, home AI assistant Alien, and AR Glass, which are available in China.

 

 

The custom AI chip is more power efficient, lower in cost and better designed for third-party vendors, OEMs and small appliance manufacturers than other chips currently on the market, according to the company.

 

 

While Rokid’s chip has been in the making for some time, recent U.S. Sanctions against Chinese telecoms gear manufacturer ZTE has spurred Chinese companies to develop their own custom microchips. ZTE was almost forced into bankruptcy in May after the U.S. government forbid American tech companies from selling it parts it needed to make its smartphones, including microchips.

Technode pointed out that voice recognition has become hot in China, with many companies racing to innovate and excel in the area. AI-focused companies including iFlytek, Aispeech and Unisound have all been trying to succeed in the increasingly competitive voice recognition market. iFlytek and Huawei also recently signed an agreement primarily to further develop consumer-end voice recognition technology.

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