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Mobvoi launches an AI-powered digital voice recorder

Mobvoi's new digital recorder. (Source: Mobvoi)
Mobvoi's new digital recorder. (Source: Mobvoi)
Mobvoi's latest product is a dedicated voice recorder pitched at a professional market. The OEM asserts that it is enhanced with "dual-mic" noise-cancelling for clarity in voice-capture during meetings. It is also equipped with a neural network for automatic transcript summary generation based on intelligently-chosen keywords.

Mobvoi is increasingly well-known as a wearables and e-fitness company; therefore, it follows that the latest product to be launched by the OEM should be voice recorder. Then again, it is interesting as it might answer the question of what would happen when a company takes such a device and puts AI in it.

It seems it would give the recorder the ability to generate text from the discussions it has heard automatically, while nominating the keywords that emerge from the same. Mobvoi claims to have used the technique of Neural Machine Translation for this feature. This is generally intended to save the user the burden of taking their own notes, which, as the OEM claims, the new recorder is better at in any case.

The Mobvoi AI Recorder captures the audio necessary to do so through dual noise-canceling mics and an Automatic Gain Control (AGC) algorithm to focus on voice data. The OEM claims it can record up to 10 hours of audio straight per charge with a 300mAh battery, and can store up to 500 hours' worth of meetings using its 16GB internal capacity.

It is housed in a metallic chassis with a shirt-clip and a Space Gray finish. Mobvoi now ships it through its own website and Amazon for US$100.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-07-16 (Update: 2021-07-16)