Chinese TV brand Skyworth is hoping to make a splash in the IoT space by integrating its smart home hub technology into its TV lineup.
The manufacturer said it identified TVs as a natural hub for controlling smart home devices. To that end, it added its Swaiot (Skyworth AIoT, get it?) tech to its new Q80 series TV sets as part of its new strategy to become a “big screen AIoT pioneer.”
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The smart home hub tech includes a smart assistant dubbed TrensAI, which uses natural language processing and far-field tech to understand voice commands. Skyworth adds that the assistant is able to differentiate between various household members, giving personalized responses as a result.
TrensAI’s presence means you can issue commands to other Skyworth smart appliances (such as its smart refrigerator) via the Q80 TV. Fortunately, the company adds that the hub and assistant are compatible with smart devices from other brands. The company didn’t disclose how many brands are currently compatible with Swaiot and TrensAI, but said it’s working to bring support for more manufacturers.
As for the Q80 series TV itself, the set is available in 75-inch and 82-inch flavors. The device packs 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, an in-house image chip, a “50-core” processor, and a soundbar with four channels and ten speakers.
Furthermore, Skyworth says the TV is also equipped with a second and third screen. The former screen is a circular always-on display found just below the main screen, giving you information related to connected gadgets. The latter is mounted on top of the sound bar and works like a jog wheel to change songs and adjust volume, with a nifty projection because… reasons. The Skyworth Q80 also packs an elevating web camera called TrensAI EYE.
The 75-inch Q80 will set you back 29,999 yuan (~$4,464), while the 82-inch variant has a 39,999 yuan (~$5952) price tag.