Qualcomm Collaborates With Baidu To Develop IoT AI Assistant

Internet of Things (IoT) is getting to advanced stages with so many manufacturers keying into its development. Fresh reports suggest that chip maker Qualcomm is collaborating with Baidu to develop an AI-based voice assistant for IoT and mobile devices. This collaboration will make use of the new Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform created by Qualcomm and  Baidu’s conversational DuerOS AI solution. This was made known at the second annual Snapdragon Technology Summit held in Hawaii.

Keith Kressin, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologie said

“Qualcomm Technologies continues to drive research into AI, and we are committed to the development of on-device AI, including audio. Qualcomm Technologies is pleased to collaborate with Baidu on AI for voice-enabled solutions,”…“The collaboration with Baidu will bring AI for voice-enabled solutions to next-generation Snapdragon mobile platforms, allowing users to wake up smartphones and IoT devices using their voice in their natural language at any time and at extremely low power while utilizing Baidu’s DuerOS voice services.”

On Baidu’s part, its general manager, Duer business unit, Kun Jing said

“Through the collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, we will bring a new AI voice experience to OEMs of smartphones and IoT devices around the world. Leveraging Baidu’s strengths in AI, big data, knowledge graph, information and services ecosystems, DuerOS will support OEMs with its strong capabilities while providing users with more comprehensive and quality information and services to satisfy their needs,”

The DuerOS was launched early this year but the conversational AI system already has a very wide reach as it extends to 10 major domains and over 200 sub-domains. It is currently the top choice for third-party hardware manufacturers in China as it has gathered over 130 partners which have used the DuerOS in over 100 branded devices from refrigerators to air conditioners, smartphones, TV boxes, smart speakers and even in cars.

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