QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Technology is not just a tool. It can give learners a voice that they may not have had before” ~George Couros
BAIDU’S FUNKY SMART SPEAKERS
The first company to step in artificial intelligence, Baidu is again in the limelight as it has launched one funky AI smart speaker and two mini robots named as the Raven Series.
WHAT ARE NEW PRODUCTS?
Baidu is the first one to take a bold step to initiate in artificial intelligence. On the annual event, Baidu launched one smart speaker Raven H and two mini robots Raven R and Raven Q. Raven H would go on sale next month in China, wherein Raven Q and Raven R are still in development and no further reports have surfaced so far. The price of Raven H would be 1,699 Yuan ($256, £194).
WHAT ABOUT SPECS?
Raven H doesn’t look like the rest of smart speakers Google Home, Alexa, Echo in the market so far. The look and design are fresh, different and has a lot of colors. The devices have firm’s DuerOS voice platform and are work of the Raven and hardware design credit goes to its Swedish partner Teenage Engineering. The Raven H looks like a stack of plastic squares, the top one can be detached. There is also a removable LED screen controller which could be used as a voice-based remote to connect it with Raven’s range of home devices.
WHAT CHENG LYU HAS TO SAY?
Cheng Lyu, the founder of raven didn’t tell the price or the launch date of the Raven R and Raven Q but he gave the spoilers of how awesome future is going to be. “These smart speakers and AI home robot may sound like a small step in the history of technology — but they will help people’s everyday lives and bring them an experience once only seen in sci-fi movies,” Lyu said in a statement.
VR MOVIE THEATRE BY PARAMOUNT
With Paramount, Virtual Reality Movie Theatre is on its way.
IS THIS FOR REAL?
Old is Gold is a true saying. Paramount is one of the oldest surviving film studios and has been best at its work. Now, if you have love to watch movies and don’t get time often to go and enjoy movie time, Paramount has made it easy for you. Earlier 3D made your favorite movies look real, now according to rumors, Paramount is creating a virtual movie studio.
With this now a reality, all movie lovers have to do is strap on their VR headsets and experience theater quality cinema, anywhere. Apart from this, the studio is also collaborating with several tech giants like Samsung, Oculus, Microsoft, HTC and more to launch the first VR movie theatre commercially.
WHEN IS IT COMING?
VR movie theatre will be launched on Dec 3 and Paramount plans to kick things off with Top Gun. The movie fans who own the VR headsets can watch the movie in 30-minute increment at Bigscreenvr.com. To give the feel of theatre, it will have trailers before the main film. The moviegoers will be able to chat with the virtual audience before the show starts.
Then for the next 24 hours and 30-minute increments, VR headset users will be able to watch Top Gun in 3D for free. “This is a good example of what happens when you collaborate with Silicon Valley”, noted Tom Hayes, SVP New Media at Paramount. Paramount has also plans to show some other movies in the new year. Isn’t it exciting? It seems like world is getting closer and closer.