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Samsung announces IoT AI assistants, new ARTIK modules

William Payne
November 10, 2016

Samsung is planning to add AI based capabilities to a range of Internet of Things appliances, including voice recognition. It will develop and integrate AI based technologies from Viv Labs, a US based artificial intelligence based start-up which Samsung acquired in October. Future IoT devices from Samsung will be managed by AI assistants able to understand thousands of different instructions and commands.

Samsung appears to be envisaging adding AI and voice recognition capabilities to IoT devices in the home such as smart refrigerators, smart TVs and washing machines. 

Samsung has also announced an expanded version of its ARTICK Smart IoT platform, with two new module families, ARTIK 0 and ARTIK 7, as well as new device management capabilities and an expanded partner ecosystem.

Speaking at a Samsung press conference to announce new AI features in its product ranges, Adam Cheyer, chief technology officer of Viv Labs said "he AI technology will be the main paradigm of a next-generation interface. We will offer new experience to users by creating an open platform."

Speaking at the same press conference, Samsung's head of Electronics R&D, Rhee In-jong said "he Galaxy S8 will be the first platform equipped with Samsung Electronics’ voice recognition-based AI technology. It will be greatly differentiated from existing AI assistants and will be highly functional."

Samsung says that the first version of its AI assistant which will feature in the Galaxy S8 phone will be able to understand dozens of voice commands. But future versions of its AI assistant will be able to comprehend thousands of spoken instructions and commands.

“IoT is one of Samsung’s major strategic areas of focus and growth,” said Dr. Byungse So, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer for the Samsung Strategy & Innovation Center. “By enabling the product-development cycle to flourish, we can help usher in the next generation of IoT innovation. We’re paving the way for companies to reimagine how these new devices, apps and services can impact everyday life to address global challenges.”

Internal groups at Samsung are leveraging the SAMSUNG ARTIK platform to build fresh new IoT solutions of their own. Samsung’s Consumer Electronics division has leveraged the SAMSUNG ARTIK platform to create an IoT smart air purifier. “The SAMSUNG ARTIK platform allowed us to cost-effectively build prototypes of our new solution and quickly get it to market,” said Youngsoo Do, Senior Vice President of Digital Control Group, Samsung Electronics. “With the SAMSUNG ARTIK platform, we also have the ability to connect intelligently to other smart devices, as well as to the cloud, which enables new use cases.”

The ARTIK 0 family of modules is aimed at enabling low-power, lightweight, cost-optimised devices targeted at end-devices including HVAC, lighting, industrial sensors, personal health monitoring and more. The modules are built on power-optimized ARM Cortex®-M microcontrollers and support low-power wireless standards, such as the ZigBee, Thread, or Bluetooth Smart standards. They aim to save customers time and money by providing a complete connectivity solution, including networking stacks, radio frequency (RF) components and precertification for regulatory approval.ARTIK030-portrait-2100px

The ARTIK 7 family of modules is intended for high-end gateways and multimedia applications. With an 8-core 64-bit Cortex A-53 processor, the modules work as gateways and also allow customers to run local analytics, which enables offloading of cloud computing locally to boost latency and responsiveness. 

The ARTIK 7 module provides connectivity, with built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, Thread and GbE MAC interfaces. It has a high-end multimedia processor for video and audio processing. The ARTIK 7 module is RF pre-certified and features enterprise-class security.

The new SAMSUNG ARTIK modules are designed to work out of the box with the SAMSUNG ARTIK Cloud, an open data-exchange platform that connects devices, applications and other clouds, enabling the Interoperability of Things.