Huawei launch AI Cube and Locator – IFA2018

So alongside the new Kirin980 chipset that was announced today at Huawei’s Keynote their were two IOT based products, the AI Cube and the Locator

Firstly let’s look at the Huawei  AI Cube.

This is a 4G Router which also doubles as a powerful Soundsystem and AI speaker. This is what it looks like.Huawei launch AI Cube and Locator   IFA2018

So inside this lovely looking bit of kit, we have a router that is capable of using LTE Cat.6 with 300mbps download speeds. It also is Wifi 802.11AC 2.4GHZ 1200 Mbps capable. If you want to use this a mobile broadband router then all you need to do is throw in your sim and then you are good to go. You do however need to remain plugged into power as there is no internal battery.

Next up we have got a Speaker with a 400ml sound cavity, Aluminium Diapraghm and Passive radiators. The speaker utilises Huawei Histen to accurately express the original timbre of the music. We also have got some far field array microphones, 4 in total to allow for voice recognition from a distance.

The reason for the device being able to recognize voice is down to the fact that Amazon Alexa is built into the device with access to all of  Alexa’s services. This will allow you to control your Smart home with up to 3500 unique brands making Alexa Capable devices.

Huawei launch AI Cube and Locator   IFA2018
Huawei launch AI Cube and Locator   IFA2018
Huawei launch AI Cube and Locator   IFA2018
Huawei launch AI Cube and Locator   IFA2018
Huawei launch AI Cube and Locator   IFA2018
Huawei launch AI Cube and Locator   IFA2018

Huawei Locator

Huawei launch AI Cube and Locator   IFA2018Next up we have the Huawei Locator which is a small pebble-like device that will allow you to track any item that it is attached too. It utilize’s the four main satellite networks, those being GPS/GLONASS/Galileo/Beidou.

It has a rated working time of up to 15 days and a standby time of up to 60 days. it will track your item/person to within 5 metres. You don’t need to worry about it getting wet as the device has an IP rating of IP68.

For those moments when things don’t go entirely to plan you will find an SOS button. the device will also support Geofencing and Bluetooth Low Energy support. Some of the suggested uses of items that you may wish to track examples include Kids Pets, Baggage and your valuables.

Huawei launch AI Cube and Locator   IFA2018
Huawei launch AI Cube and Locator   IFA2018
Huawei launch AI Cube and Locator   IFA2018
Huawei launch AI Cube and Locator   IFA2018
Huawei launch AI Cube and Locator   IFA2018

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Huawei Announces AI Cube with Alexa Built-In

 

BERLIN, Germany—August 31, 2018: At IFA 2018 today, Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) unveiled the HUAWEI AI Cube, a two-in-one speaker and  4G router with Alexa built-in, marking its official entry into the nascent smart speaker market. It represents a new, more natural and convenient way for consumers to connect to the internet and control smart devices, while delivering high quality audio in a compact form factor featuring a minimalist design.

 

“As an industry leader, Huawei is committed to providing seamless connectivity and enabling the smart, connected experience. To those ends, Huawei has been actively strengthening the value proposition of its product portfolio, and augmenting an increasingly wide range of products with AI technology, with HUAWEI AI Cube being the latest in the line,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG. “HUAWEI AI Cube boasts a complete set of functionalities that showcase Huawei’s commitment to innovation and collaboration. By combining HUAWEI telecommunications technology with Amazon Alexa, the HUAWEI AI Cube is a compelling product that will surely strike a chord with consumers.”

 

With support for Wi-Fi on 4G LTE, HUAWEI AI Cube can fulfill the myriad connectivity demands arising from the smart home. Setup for the router is easy and intuitive—it only requires a 4G SIM card plugged in to establish a high speed internet connection at LTE Category 6 speeds (300Mbps downlink). HUAWEI AI Cube is also compatible with the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, meaning the router is dual band, capable of working on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz channels and transmitting data over LAN at up to 1,200Mbps.

 

HUAWEI AI Cube also features Alexa built-in, enabling users to effortlessly play music, control smart home devices, and access more than 50,000 skills – hands-free. All you need to do is ask.

 

“The Huawei AI Cube combines several products into one while balancing smart functionality with high-quality sound,” said Pete Thompson, Vice President of the Alexa Voice Service. “We’re excited to see Huawei bring customers in Europe a natural way to play music, control smart home devices and access thousands of skills.”

 

In terms of speaker performance, HUAWEI AI Cube is built with a large, 400ml sound cavity and an aluminum diaphragm, enabling the AI speaker to produce high quality audio with crystal clear midrange and highs, as well as full, rounded bass. The audio is also enhanced with Huawei’s proprietary audio solution: HUAWEI Histen. Also featured on a range of Huawei devices, HUAWEI Histen enriches the AI speaker’s set of features by including virtual bass, linear phase equalizer, adaptive gain control, far-field voice recognition and more as part of its repertoire.

 

All the aforementioned technologies supported on the HUAWEI AI Cube are packed in small matte white body with a seamless 3D mesh base. Moreover, the AI speaker is designed in a way that the ports are hidden underneath the base, allowing it to blend in with any home decor easily.

 

According to market analyst firm Canalys, the global install base of smart speakers is set to more than double in size to reach 225 million units by 2020[1]. This massive opportunity is underpinned by a strong market interest for this category of products, particularly in the China market. As a leading telecommunications equipment and smartphone manufacturer, Huawei is uniquely positioned to capitalize on this burgeoning trend in China and beyond.

 

Alongside the HUAWEI AI Cube, Huawei also launched HUAWEI Locator, a powerful small form factor location beacon supporting long operation and standby times as well as four major global navigation satellite system (GNSS) standards, namely GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and Beidou. Compatible with nano SIM and eSIM, the device supports global roaming with near-real-time location reporting and provides a host of services including SOS button, Geofence and BLE Found, a proximity-based service that triggers a buzzer alarm on HUAWEI Locator when a paired smartphone is within 10 meters from the device. Built as a rugged, multi-purpose device, HUAWEI Locator has an IP68 rating which makes it perfectly suited for any type of activity, indoors or outdoors.

[1] https://www.canalys.com/newsroom/smart-speaker-installed-base-to-hit-100-million-by-end-of-2018

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