Hosted Alexa Summit with Technology Partners to Highlight the Benefits and Ease of Adding Voice Service in Audio and Smart Home Products
Palo Alto, CA, February 1, 2017 — Linkplay Technology, a leading WiFi audio solution provider and one of the first audio platforms approved for integration with Alexa Voice Service (AVS) for hands-free voice recognition and push to talk capabilities, hosted 300 attendees from global speaker brands, OEMs and ODMs for an Amazon Alexa technology summit. The one day conference held in Shenzhen, China provided an opportunity to educate customers interested in designing and building Powered by Linkplay products with AVS. The presenters introduced the broad AVS ecosystem 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, a leading provider of audio and far-field voice technology solutions, and Sensory, a leader in speech and vision technologies.
Photo caption: Jade Wu, Linkplay, John Kirk, Monson Tseng, and Todd Emerson, Amazon
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 customers to bring products to market faster and more cost effectively, shortening product development cycles from 3 – 6 months. The AVS-enabled Linkplay platform has been incorporated into five brands’ speaker products, including FABRIQ, GGMM E5 Wireless, Jam Audio Voice, iLuv Aud Click and Omaker WoW, and 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,” said 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.
If you are with the media and would like an interview, please contact Linda Ferguson, PR Director, Lindaf@Linkplay.com. For more about the Alexa Voice Service, visit the Amazon developer portal. To learn more about how Linkplay can help you develop a product with Amazon Alexa, send a request to Alexa@linkplay.com.
Linkplay Technology, headquartered in Silicon Valley, CA, was founded by a global team of hardware and software engineers, business executives, and wireless audio experts. Linkplay’s patent-pending technology is a turn-key WiFi audio platform with global streaming music content integration, app and cloud development for speaker brands and ODMs. Technology partners include original design manufacturers (ODMs), component suppliers and key technology investors. For more information about Linkplay, visit www.linkplay.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.