During its IFA 2023 press conference, Samsung made a groundbreaking announcement, revealing its plans to integrate Generative AI into Bixby, its AI-powered voice assistant, and extend its application to all home appliances. This move signals Samsung’s determination to catch up in the race for AI-powered voice assistants dominated by the likes of Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri.
Generative AI, an advanced form of AI, is gaining popularity due to its ability to understand complex sentences and offer information in multiple ways. Imagine appliances powered by newer versions of Bixby that can comprehend intricate commands with multiple interpretations. This advanced Bixby is expected to first make its way to smartphones and tablets.
Miyoung Yoo, the Vice President of Samsung Electronics’ Home Appliances Division, expressed enthusiasm about this development. Yoo stated, “All home appliances from Samsung Electronics have AI. Even water purifiers feature core AI functions. We will go beyond connected home appliances and allow home appliances to provide customized solutions by detecting customers’ lives and learning patterns.” Yoo envisions future home appliances offering personalized operations based on user behavior, catering to individual needs.
While Bixby’s new capabilities won’t rival popular Generative AI models like ChatGPT or Google Bard, it promises to deliver more natural communication by understanding the context of conversations. For example, users can say complex voice commands like “It’s raining, and I’m in a bad mood, so please draw an appropriate background” to a refrigerator with a 32-inch screen, like the Bespoke Family Hub.
In addition to empowering Bixby, Samsung also announced the development of a lighter version of its operating system called Tizen RT. This lightweight system will be deployed across all upcoming Samsung home appliances, including TVs and premium refrigerators. The company aims to enhance the user experience by leveraging a Micro Processor Unit (MPU) to run Tizen RT and Bixby for their Generative AI capabilities.
With over 15 million devices already running the Tizen OS, Samsung expects that number to reach 20 million by the end of this year. Excited fans can anticipate the unveiling of the upcoming versions of Bixby, Tizen, and Tizen RT during the Samsung Developer Conference 2023 event on October 5. Stay tuned for more innovations from Samsung as they continue to shape the future of AI in home appliances.
What is Generative AI?
Generative AI refers to an advanced form of artificial intelligence that can understand complex sentences and offer information in multiple ways. It enables machines and applications to generate human-like responses and comprehend varying interpretations of commands.
How will Bixby be improved with Generative AI?
With the integration of Generative AI, Bixby will gain the ability to understand complex sentences with multiple meanings. This will enable more natural communication and provide users with a greater level of customization and flexibility in interacting with their devices.
What is Tizen RT?
Tizen RT is a lightweight version of Samsung’s operating system, designed specifically for home appliances. It offers a streamlined and optimized experience, allowing appliances to perform efficiently while supporting advanced features such as Generative AI-powered voice assistants like Bixby.