Samsung’s Bixby-powered smart speaker could sport a display and camera

It’s long been rumored that Samsung is developing a smart speaker powered by the company’s virtual assistant, Bixby. It won’t surprise you to find out that Samsung is still working on such a device that could come complete with a camera, display, and a rotating microphone if the latest report holds firm. 

As you can see from the design illustrated in the image above from LetsGoDigital, Samsung’s smart speaker has seven microphones and will rotate to focus on the person speaking. According to the patent, the intelligent speaker could also have a small display and a camera. The screen could be to show information and answers to questions posed to Bixby, while the camera is likely for video chat. This is a different take on what Amazon and Google have produced so far, although the Echo Show has some similarities, and could be aimed more towards professionals and not the average consumer.

While the design looks like a viable option, this is where we hit the proverbial snag in that it will be powered by Bixby, which just hasn’t achieved the same levels of sophistication or ability that Amazon’s Alexa or the Google Assistant have. There’s no telling when, or even if, Samsung is planning on launching this smart speaker though, so perhaps there is still time for Bixby to improve. Is there space for a third virtual assistant in the world though? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: LetsGoDigital


About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).