The new Samsung Aurora speaker requires a docked smartphone

The new Samsung Aurora speaker requires a docked smartphone
Samsung recently unveiled a new smart speaker prototype at the SXSW show for 2018. This news in itself is not very interesting. We have seen numerous companies unveil smart speakers over the last year or two. However, the prototype Samsung brought to the table differs from the rest in a significant way. The Aurora speaker is not very smart on its own, rather it uses your smart phone as the brains of the operation. As a matter of fact, the Aurora speaker does not have a mic, a processor or any other component that makes a speaker smart.

The device is a Bluetooth enabled speaker, with a section for docking a compatible smartphone. The speaker then uses the phone's hardware, including the mic and camera, to create a smart speaker experience. It has a display that portrays a holographic-style character, which reacts to the user's voice. The new speaker will of course require an app to work and it is not clear what handsets the Aurora will work with. The device is still under development so there are a lot of details left to be worked out. Still, the concept is interesting and could be successful.

The main point behind the design of the Aurora is cost.


 Samsung appears to be taking something that most people already have in their pocket, and put it to another use when they are home. While your smartphone is charging, it can then provide you with a smart speaker experience. Since the Aurora does not have any of the complicated hardware inside most smart speakers, it is really cutting down on production cost. This speaker could appeal to buyers who think a smart speaker is neat, but they do not want to pay premium prices for existing products. Since the product is in development, Samsung has not announced a price, release date or if it will even reach production. As a side note, no one has mentioned if this speaker is intended to work with Samsung's less-than-popular digital assistant Bixby, or if something new is in the works.

source: XTech via PC Mag

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7 Comments

1. theviolinist

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 03, 2018

Boring

2. sissy246

Posts: 6826; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Speak for your self. I find it interesting.

4. maherk

Posts: 6522; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I usually don't disagree with you, but my guess is that he was talking for himself. I also find it boring, but I do find every other smart speaker pointless.

7. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Uhhh, what’s the point of this? Ain’t smart speakers suppose to smart on its own? Like if you tell it to warm up the room before you come back home at night, it will schedule and do it? What’s the point of it if it’s needs my phone in it? My phone can already do that without the “dock” which it basically is at this point.

5. tangbunna

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

charging port doesn't like vibration. let it sit on a vibrate speaker is a disaster. unless you want to make your charing port loosy.

3. maherk

Posts: 6522; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

FYI, this isn't made by Samsung, it's one if the many prototypes that come out from Samsung C-lab, which is space where Samsung let their employees use their tools to work on some of their ideas in their free time. That's why you don't see Samsung's branding on such prototypes, or in this case, how the developer isn't using Bixby to power this assistant.

8. Krjal

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Makes more sense than all these useless 'smart' speakers everyone's making these days.

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