Sony unveils Xperia Hello to rival Amazon Echo

Oct

17

2017

Japan’s Sony Mobile Communications Co. announced Tuesday its digital assistant or communications robot called Xperia Hello, and said it would start selling its new family-oriented communications robot next month, boosting its presence in the growing robotics market aimed at digital home assistants.

The company is trying to compete with Echo devices from Amazon and Home from Google and HomePod from Apple, and uses the Xperia Hello, model G1209, rotary camera located in the head of the robot, as well as a screen of a 4.6-inch LCD with precision and resolution 1280 × 720 pixels , Where the display is used to express feelings, display messages, weather, time, and so on.

Sony confirms that the Xperia Hello is capable of identifying the different family members and adapting the conversation around a specific person. The robot has seven microphones installed at the bottom of the robot’s main body, along with sensors that detect the person approaching a distance of 3 meters, The robot has a 340 degree rotation to identify the person approaching the device.

The robot can be used as a remote Web camera to monitor family members or to monitor the home while outside. The company appears to have provided the robot as proof that it has the concept, which may not allow it to have a large sales volume for the Xperia Hello device. An adult of about $ 1335 does not help to shape any aspirations for this product.

The robot provides different functions such as using the camera to identify people’s faces and then chatting with them. It can also be asked to provide weather forecasts and news. It works with Line and Skype applications, so it can be used to send messages via the line and use it with Skype for video conferencing, with it.

Many technology companies are aiming to produce intelligent home-based smartphones using artificial intelligence based on smart voice assistants, but Sony said the Xperia Hello is not in this category, and the new device is equipped with some of the company’s advanced research such as those involving sensors, Camera.

The Sony product is a typical 21-centimeter cone product that the company is preparing to launch in the Japanese market by November 18, with no information about global release, and will be marketed to business users once it is distributed among consumers this year, The company said it was already working with partners to develop a reception service using Xperia Hello.

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