One of China’s leading electronics manufacturers, Changhong (SHA:600839), has released a series of smart TV sets with a voice recognition system built-in, a first for the domestic TV industry.
Supposedly, the TV can even understand some local dialects in addition to Mandarin, like Sichuanese, Cantonese, and Hunanese. And, much like the Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) Siri (from which the set clearly draws its name), Ciri does its processing in the cloud, meaning that you need an internet connection to use the voice interaction features.
If you speak Chinese, you can check out an introduction to the TVs on Changhong’s site here. But if you want to see how the thing actually works, here’s a video from Changhong’s press conference (the somewhat disastrous live demo starts around 3:20 into the video):
It seems Changhong’s engineers have to put in quite a bit more work to smarten up Ciri. If the video above is any indication, its reactions are inaccurate and slow enough that most customers will probably prefer to use the remote.