Chinese smart speaker market will increase by 35% to 29.6 million units shipped this year
The artificial-intelligence research unit at Alibaba Group has launched three new iterations of Tmall Genie, China’s most-popular smart speaker.
Alibaba A.I. Labs officially released the eight-inch makeup mirror, which responds to voice commands just like the classic Tmall Genie. Users can adjust its brightness to recreate the effect of dimly lit party environments or natural sunlight to create flawless makeup looks. It also partnered with 14 beauty brands, including La Roche-Posay, Kérastase, Sisley and Johnson & Johnson, to incorporate beauty tips and branded content, as well as introduce services such as skincare assessments, UV-exposure forecasts and beauty-routine reminders.
Another new product is the “Tmall Genie CC,” which was designed for the typical Chinese family. It has a seven-inch, built-in monitor offering video content from popular Chinese streaming platforms, such as Youku, Bilibiliand Mango TV, and also functions as a landline for users to make and receive phone and video calls via voice control.
Alibaba A.I. Labs also debuted an in-vehicle smart speaker created in collaboration with Amap, Alibaba Group’s navigation-solutions provider. Designed to fit inside a cup holder, the speaker is integrated with the car’s “infotainment” system. When users use voice control to activate Amap and get directions, the map automatically pops up on the screen. Users can pair it with a dashcam for more-refined directions, powered by augmented-reality technologies, such as seeing real-life road images on the dashboard screen with clear, visual reminders on when to make a turn or change lanes. The in-vehicle speaker is now compatible with select Volkswagen models, with plans to further expand to other auto brands.
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