New patent hints at a rotating Samsung Bixby speaker complete with camera and touch display

New patent hints at a rotating Samsung Bixby speaker complete with camera and touch display
It’s no secret that Samsung has plans to release its own smart speaker with Bixby at its heart but it’s fair to say that not much is known about the product. Thanks to a newly-granted patent, however, some insight into what Samsung has planned may have been provided.

The patent in question, which was filed back in November of last year in the US, depicts a circular speaker that is capable of rotating 360 degrees. Furthermore, this is equipped with a total of 7 microphones, a camera, and a display, with the idea behind the concept being pretty logical. See, the product itself is made up of two parts, a bottom one that acts as a stand and a top part that can rotate and contains the microphone layout in order to improve speed recognition. After all, whenever a user speaks, the smart speaker will automatically adjust its positioning so that the various microphones are facing the sound and can listen closely. Once the sound has been located, the Bixby speaker will also make use of its built-in camera in order to detect the face of the user. If the person matches one of the profiles stored inside the speaker, it will automatically acknowledge them as the source of the sound.

Aside from all of this, the top portion of the Bixby speaker also includes a small display that features touch capabilities which can be utilized to display text, photos, or videos and recognizes various different gestures. Furthermore, the speaker’s display is said to support hover input via S Pen, just like Samsung’s Galaxy Note smartphones.

For now, Samsung is yet to confirm when it will launch its first smart speaker, but considering the company is rumored to be announcing the Galaxy Note 9 and Gear S4 smartwatch at an event in New York on August 9, it’s possible that the Bixby speaker will also make an official appearance. Alternatively, the South Korean company may opt to reveal the product at IFA 2018 in early September with the Galaxy Tab S4.


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9 Comments

1. antroid

Posts: 357; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

It's reminds me of Jibo, how come they didn't patent it before Samsung?

2. cmdacos

Posts: 3661; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Hmm interesting. Ultimately need to see the assistant functionality benefit though.

3. SamsungNewbie

Posts: 143; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Bixby already works great, I'm hoping they release this, my money is ready.

8. cmdacos

Posts: 3661; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Bixby is unrivaled in on device commands. As an assistant that provides information, it certainly isn't up to standards on comparison to Google and others.

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3049; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It will be great once they integrate all of their IoT stuffs, their kitchenware already have wifi inside them, maybe soon we can ask bixby: - Hey Bixby, how many beer cans in my refrig? - Hey Bixby, pre-heat the oven - Hey Bixby, turn off the stove

9. Godlymansean

Posts: 255; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Seems like the route they'd take. Would be awesome.

7. worldpeace

Posts: 3049; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Double post...

4. sissy246

Posts: 6837; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Sounds interesting

5. Settings

Posts: 2941; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Meh, another speaker. So, 2010. They should make smart speakers like that Azuma Hikari or with visual representations. There's no revolutionary about mechanical speakers.

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