Compal and Microsoft ‘working’ on smart voice recognition
12 May 2017 15:08 GMT

Taiwanese electronics firm Compal could be planning to work with Microsoft on an AI-based voice recognition solution, according to speculation in local media.

Compal Electronics president Ray Chen is quoted as saying in DigiTimes that the company has recently landed orders for a smart voice recognition device from a US-based client and he believes that voice recognition technology is an extension of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.

While some market watchers believe the client is likely to be Microsoft, Compal declined to reveal the client.

Chen pointed out the device is integrated with a display and a camera for users to interact with.

The newspaper notes that Microsoft has been aggressive about the development of voice assistance. The software giant has also partnered with Samsung Electronics' subsidiary Harman Kardon to develop a smart stereo system Invoke featuring Microsoft's Cortana system. During the Build 2017 conference, Microsoft is also expected to reveal Cortana-integrated products as well as the device made by Compal.

The device is expected to be released via a brand vendor in the third or fourth quarter and will feature voice and face recognition function and the Cortana system.