Libre Wireless Technologies Powers New Generation of Connected Speakers

September 10 2019, 00:10
Libre Wireless Technologies announced that its MAVID low power mic-to-cloud platform is powering the new Hansong miniature portable speaker Microdot XS, a full featured Wi-Fi/Bluetooth audio speaker with a no compromise far field voice interface featuring Amazon Alexa Built-In. Libre Wireless also announced a broad relationship with German brand Canton across an extensive range of Smart Wireless music streaming multiroom speakers, amps and soundbars, all using Libre’s advanced LibreSync WiFi connectivity modules and software SDK featuring Spotify Connect and Google’s Chromecast Built-In.

The MAVID (Multiprotocol, Audio, Voice, IoT Device) from Libre Wireless Technologies is a single chip mic-to-cloud solution, launched in 2017 by the embedded wireless Voice/AI solutions provider, which in February 2019 gained integrated support for Alexa Voice Service (AVS) implementations. Measuring only 13.5mm2, the hardware and software SDK solution enabled Hansong Technology to launch a new personal, portable battery powered miniature voice-enabled product, called the Microdot XS.

Hansong Technology is an audio OEM/ODM manufacturer, covering home theatre, hifi and AV systems, custom installation solutions, professional audio, wireless technologies and commercial products including AI voice and IoT devices.

The Microdot XS is about the size of a golf ball, and yet has all the advanced features of full size Wi-Fi audio speakers. The miniature size and long battery life means consumers can take a compact speaker and Alexa capabilities with them everywhere. This includes on-the-go for a truly mobile “Alexa with you everywhere” experience, using the device's unique ability to connect to the user’s mobile phone hotspot while maintaining special low power connections for extended voice assistant and music streaming support.

“We are extremely excited about this entirely new category of portable, ultra-low power products enabled by Libre’s MAVID device,” says Helge Kristensen, Vice President at Hansong Technology. “The Microdot XS is the first of several breakthrough portable and wearable products we will deliver as we enable entirely new use cases and applications in the exploding AI and IoT markets where voice is becoming a primary new man-machine interface.”
The Hansong Microdot XS is a small, portable speaker with Alexa built-in. Based on Libre's MAVID solution, it features a 3-mic far-field array, dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and optional 4G connectivity. The device has a 700mAh rechargeable battery that provides four hours of playback time.

“We are very proud of having developed and delivered MAVID, a revolutionary voice/AI technology product which offers so much unique and differentiating value to our customers,” says Jordan Watters, Chief Executive Officer of Libre Wireless Technologies. “With innovative partners like Hansong Technology, we are excited to see the many unique new miniature, portable and wearable WiFi products that are being created and will lead the market expansion of voice assistant applications.”

The first MAVID-based Hansong Microdot XS product will launch in 2019 in multiple markets including the US, UK, Germany and France, and was highlighted at the Amazon booth during the IFA 2019 show in Berlin, Germany, as part of Amazon’s partner program.

Canton’s Smart Wireless
During the IFA 2019 show, Libre Wireless also announced a broad relationship with Canton across an extensive range of industry leading consumer audio products, leveraging Libre’s advanced LibreSync WiFi connectivity modules and software SDK featuring Spotify Connect and Google’s Chromecast Built-In. The new Canton Smart Wireless products deliver compelling music streaming and multiroom audio capabilities
Canton’s Smart Soundbox 3 with integrated Chromecast built-in and Spotify Connect, is a powerful 120 watts smart speaker that can be paired with a second Soundbox 3 or as part of a larger multiroom setup in combination with other models of the Canton Smart series.

Canton, a long established German brand well known for industry leading audio products and loudspeakers, selected Libre’s LibreSync platform for its unique scalability across ecosystems, price and performance. Canton’s Wi-Fi connected products include the Smart Soundbar 10, Smart Soundbar 9, Smart Soundbox 3, Smart Connect 5.1, Smart Amp 5.1, and BRA3 and VRA3 smart speakers. All products support dual band 11ac Wi-Fi with a simple setup app, along with support for Bluetooth and auxiliary sources for complete listening flexibility.

“We are very proud to have been selected by such a prestigious and established brand such as Canton,” says Jordan Watters, Chief Executive Officer of Libre Wireless Technologies. “The breadth of the product line shows Canton’s commitment to leading the industry with the latest streaming technologies, and we appreciate them taking full advantage of Libre’s extensive product offering and features.”
The new Canton Multiroom Soundbar 10 with Dolby Atmos offers 4K compatible HDMI ports, integrated Chromecast built-in and Spotify Connect.

Canton’s Smart Wireless and connected products powered by Libre can be seen at the IFA show in Berlin and are launched and available this Q3 2019 in multiple markets including the UK, Germany and Europe.

Founded 46 years ago, Canton is Germany's largest audio manufacturer and second in Europe, with a portfolio of more than 400 products and more than 200 employees, exporting to 58 countries worldwide. |
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