Samsung patent hints at possible Bixby speaker design and features

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Earlier this year, Samsung announced its plans to launch a Bixby-powered smart speaker in the second half of 2018. Other than confirming its existence, the company hasn’t offered any information about its design or features.

We did report exclusively on some of the features that the Bixby speaker may offer which as we mentioned in our report is codenamed Lux.

Folks at LetsGoDigital have unearthed a new patent from Samsung that could offer some interesting hints about the upcoming Bixby speaker. Samsung filed this patent application back in November last year and the same has been published in the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) database a couple of weeks back.

A small robot-like design with a rotating head

Samsung’s smart speaker in the patent diagrams sports a small robot-like design with a rotating head that turns towards the user issuing the commands. The head or the upper portion of the device features a camera for facial recognition, at least seven microphones for accurate speech recognition, and a touchscreen display for showing content.

The speaker reportedly supports LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, and possible USB and HDMI ports. It will be capable of all the increasingly common smart speaker features like playing media, sending and receiving data from smart home devices, making calls, controlling IoT devices, etc. Although not very clear, the patent also talks about some sort of stylus-based hover input similar to the Galaxy Note series.

While there is no concrete evidence to prove that any of the features described in the patent will make it to the upcoming Bixby speaker, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see a Samsung smart speaker sporting a similar design and features in the near future. Since Google Home and Amazon Echo are already popular in the market, Bixby speaker needs to bring something new to the market to attract customers.

Let us know in the comments section what you think about the smart speaker design and features included in the patent.

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