Harman, Baidu team up for mystery AI product

This photo taken on April 21, 2016 shows a woman walking past the Baidu booth at the China (ShangHai). OUTSTR/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: 551533390(Photo: AFP/Getty Images) SAN FRANCISCO – The connected and sentient home speaker, exemplified by Amazon’s best-selling Echo and Google’s forthcoming Home, is poised to get a sibling. Audio leaders Harman and Chinese search giant Baidu announced late Thursday that they would be partnering to produce “innovative speech-enabled smart speakers, integrated with Baidu’s advanced artificial intelligence technology.” The two companies unveiled their partnership at the annual Baidu World conference in Beijing. There were no details as to what the Harman/Baidu speaker would look like or cost, or when it will be released to consumers. Asked if it might be ready in time for the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, held each January, Baidu product manager…


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