The smart speaker is an upgraded product of a speaker. It is a tool for home consumers to use voice to access the Internet, such as on-demand songs, online shopping, or understanding the weather forecast. It can also control smart home devices, such as opening curtains and setting refrigerators. Temperature, let the water heater heat up in advance, etc.
On June 11, 2018, Baidu released its first self-branded smart speaker "Xiaodu Smart Speaker" in Beijing. On June 1, 2019, Baidu’s artificial intelligence assistant "Xiaodu Smart Speaker Donkey Kong" landed on Xiaodu Mall; on November 25, the Huawei Sound X smart speaker jointly built by Huawei and Dewar was officially released.
In 2016, the sales of the smart home market in the United States was 9.7 billion US dollars, while China only had 520 million US dollars. The increase in penetration rate is even more alarming. The value in the United States is 5.8%, while that in China is only 0.1%.
Due to the relationship across the ocean, many people have questioned the “exaggerated” sales data of Amazon Echo. They also asked a domestic smart speaker manufacturer. He replied: “The sales effect of Amazon Echo smart speakers in 2016 It’s really good. Its total production volume in China has just exceeded 8 million units, of which the initial Echo and the simplified Echo Dot are almost half and half. The first domestic sales volume may only be 1/100 of it."
The representative products of smart speakers, Alexa behind Amazon Echo, and its predecessor Siri, are actually smart voice technology. The core is very brief-to make the machine have the ability similar to human in the voice dialogue. Smart speakers have become a general existence of small household appliances and penetrate into people's daily lives.
A domestic smart speaker practitioner told the bottom: "The output and sales of domestic smart speakers are still fluctuating between tens of thousands and tens of thousands. The best-selling one is Jingdong’s Dingdong, but the actual number is still far smaller than Echo. The largest number is still the inferior smart speaker products produced by many small manufacturers. It is good that 2 of the 10 sentences of that product respond."
In more than two years since its official release in November 2014, Amazon's Echo smart speaker has become one of the hottest smart home products on the market. Through Echo, people can use voice to control home appliances, purchase goods, and inquire about consultation. According to survey data from research institute eMarketer, in the United States, approximately 36 million users will use voice-controlled speakers once a month, and this number is still expanding.
On November 16, 2017, Baidu held the World Conference and brought the first smart hardware Raven smart speaker-Raven H.
On March 26, 2018, Baidu released Xiaodu's smart video speakers at home at Baidu Science and Technology Park in Beijing.
On June 11, 2018, Baidu released its first self-branded smart speaker "Xiaodu Smart Speaker" in Beijing.
On June 1, 2019, Baidu's artificial intelligence assistant "Xiaodu Smart Speaker Donkey Kong" landed on Xiaodu Mall, opened the reservation, and went on sale at 0:00 on June 12 at a price of 199 yuan.
On November 25, 2019, Huawei held a full-scene new product launch conference in Shanghai and released the first flagship smart speaker Huawei Sound X.
On March 24, 2020, Xiaodu launched the first smart screen in 2020. The Xiaodu Smart Screen Air at home aims at the needs of the whole population and all-time in all-round home scenarios, forming a product portfolio difference from the previously released Xiaodu Smart Screen X8 , Which greatly reduces the entry barrier for smart speakers with screens.
Products need to be iterated and improved continuously to ensure stable network connection; for example, a beautiful speaker needs to repeatedly run in the appearance design; for example, voice interaction requires a good sound reception effect, and the speaker itself will sound, when the smart speaker is awakened in the far field , It is necessary to eliminate the sound of the speaker itself; even when the volume is high, the vibration will affect the sound reception, so the distance between the sound cavity and the microphone needs to be considered.
The problem of "split development" in the smart speaker market: The seemingly simple smart speaker wants to truly realize daily voice interaction, but it is actually a technical problem. It is these problems that have slowed the development of China's intelligent voice market, and the most influential one is the machine's understanding of Chinese, which is what we commonly call NLP.