Agora and Xiaomi Partner to Power Mi AI
Agora announced its partnership with international electronics company Xiaomi. Together, the companies will leverage voice-calling capabilities for Mi AI, a voice-activated assistant for the “smart home.” Agora was the only VoIP provider chosen for Mi AI and AI software, nicknamed XiaoAI.
Unlike Amazon Echo and Google Home, which utilize voice calling via a smartphone’s connected network, Internet voice calls can be made directly through Mi AI. It comes installed with six microphones that aid in creating a 360 degree sound field. This field can pick up user instructions while providing clear broadcasts to any locale in a room.
Through XiaoMi, customers will have the ability to make and receive phone calls without their smartphones or a particular app – making it the first home speaker in its class to have this capability. XiaoAI wants to usher in the next gen of versatile virtual assistants, according to Tony Zhao, founder and CEO of Agora.
Xiaomi’s partnership with Agora is not stopping with Mi AI. There are further plans to bring high-definition, real-time communication to international developers and companies using Agora’s Software Defined Real-Time Network (SD-RTN). A SD-RTN is a global network of distributed data centers, guaranteeing a constant, top-notch experience despite the user’s location or device being used.
As of now, Mi AI has only been released on the Chinese markets at the low price of around $50 USD. Xiaomi has yet to reveal if and when the product will see international availability but that will be dependent on the Chinese success. And, feedback from Mi fans will serve to shape the products in Xiaomi’s portfolio.
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Edited by Maurice Nagle