Haier seeks systems that will allow air conditioners to be controlled by voice command.
Turning on and adjusting an air conditioner unit is commonly done through the use of a remote controller. But it can be frustrating to locate the remote control unit, sometimes its batteries need to be replaced, and the unit can become confused with remotes for other devices (like televisions or cable boxes). Haier seeks to identify voice command systems that will allow a user to control an air conditioner simply by speaking. Preferred technologies will be able to recognize different languages.
Haier prefers to work with partners that have existing technologies or approaches that can be applied to this specific application. Collaboration can involve technology licensing, product sourcing, proof of concept leading to joint development agreements and assistance with scale-up to manufacturing.
Preference will be given to technologies or approaches that currently have working prototypes that can undergo feasibility, validation or proof of concept over a 3-6 month period. Financial support for the proof of concept phase will be negotiated based on specific performance targets agreed between both parties. For selected collaborators Haier may provide access to samples, test equipment and testing facilities. Technologies will need to satisfy manufacturability, material cost and ease of use assessments to progress from the concept stage.
Key success Criteria
Successful technologies will:
Recognize Mandarin Chinese
Recognize voice commands at > 95% accuracy for basic functions like:
Recognize commands spoken by a person or a machine
Work at a distance of up to 5 meters, with background noise up to 40db
Respond immediately to voice commands (< 1 second delay)
Possible approaches include:
Speech recognition sensors
Speech recognition algorithms
Dec 30, 2016
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