The presenters introduced the broad AVS ecosystem for hands-free voice recognition and push to talk capabilities, and offered insight on developing customer differentiated audio products and other smart home devices. The keynote speakers included Linkplay’s Founder and CEO, Lifeng Zhao, Ph.D., and Amazon’s Director of Alexa Voice Service, Jon Kirk, in addition to executives and senior technical experts from technology partners Conexant, provider of audio and far-field voice technology solutions, and Sensory, a leader in speech and vision technologies.
Linkplay’s patented Smart WiFi audio hardware and software module provides AVS integration, global streaming music content integration, app and cloud development, and multi-room speaker capabilities as well as low latency, high resolution (192khz/24bit; 44.1KHz/16bit), loss-less audio. It enables manufacturers to bring products to market faster and more cost effectively, shortening product development cycles from 3 to 6 months.
During the CES Unveiled 2017 event, Linkplay showcased its solutions and first implementations, including Omaker's WoW portable speaker, one of five Powered by Linkplay AVS approved speakers, which uses Conexant’s 2 microphone solution with Sensory’s Alexa wake word technology. The AVS-enabled Linkplay platform has also been incorporated into other brands’ speaker products, including FABRIQ, GGMM E5 Wireless, Jam Audio Voice, and iLuv Aud Click. The company says many more will be launching this year.
Linkplay makes it possible for speakers to be wireless and hands-free with consumers simply asking Alexa to play their favorite music, turn on the lights in the living room, provide news, traffic and weather reports, set alarms, order food, and more. Linkplay’s turnkey WiFi audio solution provides access to millions of songs through services such as Amazon Music, Audible, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Spotify, TIDAL, Napster, and many others and operates with AirPlay, DLNA, Spotify Connect, and QQPlay protocols, making it seamless for companies to bring music to their devices. Specializing in interruption-free music streaming from any iOS or Android device to speakers over a WiFi network, Linkplay’s solution eliminates the need to connect a phone to the speakers, allowing users to stream music without interference from calls or texts.
“We are seeing overwhelming excitement from customers eager to integrate our platform and voice services,” says Lifeng Zhao, founder and CEO of Linkplay. “It is important that we educate our customers about the possibilities available with AVS-enabled audio products and differentiated feature sets, in addition to other categories of products for a smart home.”
Linkplay’s features include a holistic audio package with customized hardware, firmware, mobile app and cloud server for OTA and Amazon Alexa with wake-up mode. Also, the platform offers multi-channel wireless stereo pairing, as well as left and right channel playback on two or more WiFi speakers simultaneously. The multi-source functionality supports audio streaming from the cloud, NAS, local music (from phone or tablet), USB disk/TF card or third party app and offers support for AUX-in, SD/USB, and Bluetooth re-transmission to multi-room via WiFi.