Chinese Internet giant Baidu Inc. and smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc. have entered into a partnership leveraging the two companies’ strengths in artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT).
The partnership, announced at Xiaomi’s first IoT Developer Conference being held today in Beijing, is intended to advance China’s smart manufacturing capabilities using AI, IoT and big data, the companies said.
“The two companies have joined forces in forming a strong partnership to make users’ experience more compelling, moving on to the next stage in AI development,” Baidu vice chairman, group president and COO, Qi Lu, said as he joined Xiaomi’s founder Lei Jun on stage. “Xiaomi has accumulated solid experience in smart hardware, big data and established a smart devices ecosystem. Baidu has strong technological fundamentals in AI systems, with our conversational AI system DuerOS, to support the development of the IoT industry."
Baidu and Xiaomi said they will explore cooperation opportunities in voice recognition, deep learning, conversational AI and computer vision. The duo will leverage Xiaomi’s experience in application scenarios, its large number of active users and smart device ecosystem to enhance applications that are able to better understand real scenarios, users and their needs.
In July, Baidu launched the DuerOS conversation-based AI system to support the development of the IoT industry. The open platform helps developers create voice-enabled devices that can hear, understand and follow users’ orders. DuerOS has since added more than 130 partners and is embedded in products including smart phones, TVs, speakers, smart watches and home appliances, the company said.