Yandex to create smart home system about own Yandex.Station
MOSCOW, Jul 11 (PRIME) -- Russian Internet company Yandex will use its new smart speaker Yandex.Station, its first hardware product, to create a smart home system, Yandex.Station’s chief designer Konstantin Kruglov said on Wednesday.
Yandex will expand options of its smart speaker, and creation of the smart system is already embedded in the device. “It will happen very soon. The option is already in it,” Kruglov said.
The problem is that the country lacks ecosystem players that could make every home smart. The U.S. has a system of smart homes, and new devices were integrated in the already existing smart home systems.
“Ours is another story: we should build a smart home about our device. We enter a home with the device and make it smart. It’s a different way, and we are doing it in our style,” the designer said.
Yandex.Station can be integrated in security system Gulfstream, and Yandex’s voice assistant Alisa can be asked to turn on an alarm system or call the police, Kruglov said.
The company will also teach Yandex.Station to define voices of family members to keep children away from malicious content.
“First, it will be personalization, so that when a child asks to turn on ‘Mumintroll’, an animation film will be shown, rather than the music band (the Russian rock group of the same name, Mumiy Troll). The device will understand by voice what content is for kids. Second, if a child asks for content for those above 18, Yandex.Station will not show it,” the designer said.
The device has three levels of content accessibility: a family, moderate, or children’s one.
Yandex.Station plays music, finds video and shows it on TV sets, broadcasts news, has an installed alarm clock, among others.
The company sold out the first batch of Yandex.Station devices on Tuesday, the first day of the offer, for 9,990 rubles. Yandex said it will open pre-orders for the smart speaker on Wednesday.
Kruglov also said that Yandex will sell its smart speakers via its own channels, a brick-and-mortar store in Moscow, and marketplace Beru.
“Later, when we exhaust the possibilities of our channels, we are likely to go into traditional retail,” he said without deliberation.
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