On June 26th, in Hangzhou, Chinese artificial intelligence and smart hardware company Rokid held its 2018 Rokid Jungle conference. The conference brought to the public three very exciting innovative products, which are the Rokid Me Portable Smart Speaker, the Kamino18 AI Voice Dedicated Chip, and the new Rokid AR Glass.

Portable speaker Rokid Me

The device is equipped with Rokid’s voice assistant and a 360-degree voice recognition 6-microphone array supporting voice commands pick-up from a maxim. 10 meters away.

Rokid Me now available in 4 colors. (Image Credit: Rokid)

The device allows more than 8 hours of continuous use. A user can manually rock and flip the smart device to interact with the music.

Priced at RMB 799, the Rokid Me is now available for pre-order via both Rokid’s official website and official Wechat mall.

Chip Kamino18

The Kamino18 is an AI-specific chip. The component is smaller than a one-dollar coin, while still integrates multiple core components such as ARM, NPU, DSP, DDR, and DAC.

Smart speakers and children’s storytelling devices are two major product areas that can be fully supported by Kamino18. The Tokid team said power consumption among Kamino18-equipped products can be reduced by 30%-50%.

The AI-specific Kamino 18 chip which is smaller than a coin. (Image Credit: Rokid)

Meanwhile, the overall cost of the Kamino18 AI chip is 30% less than mainstream universal chip solutions.

According to Dr. Gao Peng, head of Rokid’s Beijing-based A-Lab, despite not having even yet been shipped, Kamino18 has already generated intense industry interests and requests for commercial cooperation.

Li Haibo, General Manager of hardware division and Vice President of Ximalaya, a leading audio and authentic content platform in China, announced a formal strategic partnership with Rokid during yesterday’s event. Ximalaya’s children’s smart speaker, Xiaoya Mini, will be the first external product incorporating Rokid’s Kamino18 chip.

Rokid Glass

Rokid also unveiled its newly-designed Rokid Glass. The device made its debut at the January CES 2018.

The new Rokid Glass reduces overall size by 40% from its January prototype. An alloy frame has replaced the previous plastic frame, to also improve efficiency at dissipating heat.

The new Rokid Glass can comfortably accommodate over 90% of head shapes. The device can detect a wearer’s pupil distance to accommodate tailored experience, and its corrective lenses allow normal wear for nearsighted users. Wearing the Rokid Glass and bumping into someone familiar? As long as the person’s information has been stored before, the Glass will automatically display it using facial recognition technology.

Meanwhile, Rokid Glass allows also object recognition. Retailers may find the device a useful tool in user experience improvement and marketing. Rokid Glass is designed to supports WiFi positioning – a technology that enables smart detection and indoor position navigation – to achieve precise positioning to within a one-meter radius.

Misa, Rokid’s founder and CEO, said that Rokid Glass is also a major step forward for Rokid in its ongoing focus on human-computer interactive technology. The newly-released Rokid Glass is scheduled to be in mass production by the end of this year.

Runhua Zhao is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Connect with her via email: runhuazhao@technode.com

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