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Lily: The 1st smart speaker that teaches Chinese

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markcarter

Just came across this and, since I couldn't find a reference to it on this forum, thought I'd post it here. Note, the fund raising campaign dates back to January this year.

 

They raised 1.5million dollars (which is very impressive) and it looks like they're making steady but slow progress in getting the product in the hands of backers.

 

No idea if it's any good, or has potential. Anyone know anything more or have any thoughts?

 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lily-the-1st-smart-speaker-that-teaches-chinese/x/19977152

 

 

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roddy

It's had passing mention, but it (she?) deserves its own topic. I find it an odd one. Fundamentally what we're looking at here is software. So why do we need the custom-designed speaker? Why not a desktop or Alexa app? Sounds gimmicky. I'd wager this does not, in the end, deliver. If they do - wow, that's awesome.

 

 

 

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∞保罗∞

I bought that ages ago - must have been late last year so it is well delayed - I saw an update recently on facebook that they are hoping to ship everything by september this year.

 

Roddy good points - really shouldn't be making a big deal about the hardware. My kids already ask Alexa "how do I say XYZ in Chinese" - will be Interesting to see what it will do apart from that.

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Xiao Kui

ads for Lily always pop up in my facebook. I just wonder where people are living that they don't have access to Chinese speakers, probably not places this product ships to.  Chinese people are such generous and forgiving language gatekeepers that interacting with a machine instead seems to be a real shame.  Then again, maybe to get a standard accent?

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Flickserve

If it could switch voices saying the same sort of sentences, that would be cool. Separate speaker is convenient but why it needs a special design is a gimmick.

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roddy

60% off just now, so £163 in rapidly-devaluing pounds, rather than £327. January 2020 shipping. If I'd paid full-price early on, then it'd been delayed, and then newcomers were getting 60% off... I might be annoyed. 

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There's another big problem here. So far as I can gather, the app isn't a standalone: the real processing is done by Lily in the cloud. That is, if Lily can't make it as a going concern, you're left with just a pretty but useless speaker.

 

Lily, 你好!

 

Lily, 你哪儿?

 

Lily?

 

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roddy

Production pictures in the latest update - I don't know enough about factories to know if I should be impressed or not. 

 

I'm not following this closely, btw, just see an ad now and then and have a look...

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