Could this patent reveal a Samsung Bixby dedicated device that will rival the Google Home and Amazon Echo?

Could this patent reveal a Samsung Bixby dedicated device that will rival the Google Home and Amazon Echo?
With its latest flagship, the Galaxy S8, Samsung introduced its newest take on a smart assistant – Bixby. It's nothing much right now, but the company is pretty convinced that it will become a valuable feature on its products in the near future – a notion that is evidenced by the very fact that Bixby has its own hardware button on the Galaxy S8 and S8+.

The rabbit hole may be going deeper than that, however. A recently discovered patent, which is already granted to Samsung, depicts an “audio device” that looks like it has been specifically designed to stand on a desk, by itself. While what we see on the sketches looks more like a monitor, speculations suggest that it may actually be a standalone hardware device that houses the Bixby AI and connects to your other smart stuff.

The standalone assistants seem to be the newest trend in the AI niche. First we had the Amazon Alexa, then the new Google Home. They are voice-controlled little devices that allow you to interact with your smart home IoT items, play music, check your schedule and the weather, shop and so on. Obviously, they can be the centerpiece of a manufacturer’s device ecosystem and seeing as Samsung insists on having a piece of every niche that revolves around its smartphones, a Samsung Home (Bixby Home?) device isn't hard to imagine.


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6 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Looks like a fly swatter.

5. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Frankly, that's the first thing that came to mind when I saw it...

2. DellB

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Honestly, what's wrong with Samsung having their own AI assistant? I mean, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple all have theirs; don't see any issue with Samsung having theirs. Variety is the spice of life and competition is always great for the consumer. The more the merrier.

3. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

I am looking forward to Bixby. Bixby had a successful release in Korea. This doesn't still include Viv. Once Viv gets integrated, this will become more fun. Check this:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GF9k9RUUKXo It includes subtitles.

4. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Bixby is going to change the AI Assistant world

6. S8PlusIsBoss

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 22, 2017

I definitely look forward to BIXBY and the Note8. Meanwhile the S8plus is holding it down

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