Date
17 October 2018
Snips, a French voice assistant technology startup, announced it will make use of its own voice assistant for a set of consumer devices. Photo: Snips
Snips, a French voice assistant technology startup, announced it will make use of its own voice assistant for a set of consumer devices. Photo: Snips

Snips to use its voice assistant for consumer devices

A France-based startup involved in voice assistant technology has announced that it will apply its own voice assistant to a set of consumer devices, as well as launch an initial coin offering (ICO).

The voice assistant introduced by the startup will focus on privacy.

Snips, an artificial intelligence (AI) voice platform for connected devices, said people can now download Snips SDK, its open source, and connect with it with a Raspberry Pi, a speaker and a microphone, TechCrunch reports.

The voice assistant is “private by design” and can function without an internet connection.

Corporates can cooperate with the startup to “embed a voice assistant in their own devices too”.

Snips is also injecting a business-to-customer element to its business, so it is going to vie directly with speakers of Amazon Echo and Google Home.

The startup will be rolling out the Snips AIR Base and Snips AIR Satellites products in one-and-a-half years.

“The base will be a good old smart speaker, while satellites will be tiny portable speakers that [users] can put in all [their] rooms,” according to TechCrunch. 

Meanwhile, there will be a marketplace where developers will be able to generate skills and publish them. The marketplace will run on a new blockchain known as AIR blockchain.

The marketplace will take AIR tokens to purchase more skills. With such AIR tokens, users will also be able to produce training data for voice commands.

According to Crunchbase data, Snips, founded in 2013, had raised US$21.3 million in funding as of June 2017. 

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