Xiaomi Launches Mini AI Teacher
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Xiaomi's latest product: XiaoAi. PHOTO: Xiaomi official website

Alongside unveiling the Mi Band 4, Xiaomi at it's Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT) event in China on Tuesday introduced a handheld AI-based translator called the Mini AI Teacher that supports 224 regions worldwide and offers offline translation. The new AI-based translator can easily be carried in a pocket, and it contains the content from five authoritative dictionaries. To translate the text from the real world, there is also a macro camera at the back of the device. The device also includes support for voice-based translations. The Chinese company also brought its smart door lock that supports six unlocking methods and has a built-in fingerprint sensor. Additionally, it launched the Internet-based stove set, washing machine, and Line Friends-themed Brown Bear Limited Edition Mi Suitcase.

According to Xiaomi, XiaoAi is "a foreign English teacher in a pocket." It comes with a 4-inch screen and a storage space of 64GB. The device is proficient in 34 languages and capable of memorizing vocabulary, jotting notes and translation, thus being priced at CNY 999 (for 4G and WiFi networks) or CNY 499 (for WiFi network only) each. For translating signs and handwritten notes, the Xiaomi device sports a 5-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, 50-millimeter macro lens.

The AI Teacher is designed to offer translations using images and voice commands. It is also capable of helping non-English speakers improve pronunciation and learn new words in English just like their native language. Xiaomi has provided the content five authoritative dictionaries, including Oxford University and Collins Cobuild.

It comes with an optional SIM card slot for 4G network access. However, it comes with offline translation support for up to five languages. There is also an option to share 4G network by creating a Wi-Fi hotspot. Xiaomi claims that the device can deliver up to 18 hours of continuous use on a single charge.

In addition to the Mini AI Teacher, Xiaomi at its event in China unveiled the AI-based smart door lock that is a push-pull type lock with support for six unlocking methods. The lock supports fingerprint authentication and sports a sensor on its handle to scan fingerprints. Users can also use passwords or built-in Bluetooth or NFC support for unlocking their doors — without using a mechanical key.

Xiaomi claims that it has provided 15 safety protection schemes on the smart door lock to make it a robust solution for homes. The lock also comes with an anti-electromagnetic shield for enhanced protection. Moreover, users can also unlock the door lock using the Mi Band 4.

The AI-based smart door lock by will go on sale in China on June 28 with a price tag of CNY 1699. Xiaomi also brought the Line Friends-themed Brown Bear Limited Edition Mi Suitcase at CNY 399. It will go on sale in China from June 18. The company hasn’t revealed the global launch details of its new AIoT devices. However, considering the customer interest, the company could bring some of the new offerings to markets like India in the coming future.

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