Samsung unveils Bixby 2.0, Arrives on Fridges
Samsung today said the second generation of its Bixby digital assistant will be coming to its various non-mobile devices including its smart TVs and its Family Hub refrigerator. Its voice assistant is poised to control the ever-expanding Samsung SmartThings device lineup in the future, from smoke detectors to security sensors to outlets.
The revamped Bixby is smarter, has better voice recognition capabilities, and has improved personalization features. Now Bixby responds to commands like “Open Camera and take a selfie” or “Open Facebook and post a recommendation,” but is only able to interact with a handful of apps and services.
As part of Bixby 2.0, a software development kit (SDK) will be made available so the AI assistant can be incorporated into more products. At first the SDK will only be available to select developers in private beta, and made generally available in the future, the company said.
Along with Bixby 2.0, Samsung also said it’s partnering with Google to bring augmented reality to users of the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus and Galaxy Note 8. Developers will be able to use the ARCore SDK to make AR apps for Samsung devices.
Samsung also announced today the launch of Project Ambience, a chipset that can be added to devices for quick access to Bixby assistant services of smart home control. Other assistants like Baidu’s DuerOS and Amazon’s Alexa have also made chipsets available for developers to integrate their AI assistants into products.