While things in the world might not be going so great right now, you can at least take solace in the fact that there is a product called the LingLong DingDong.
The LingLong DingDong is China’s first voice-activated smart home speaker. Made by tech company Beijing LingLong, the DingDong is being cast as the country’s answer to the Amazon Echo and the Google Home, but obviously with a far more memorable name.
It can control essentially all parts of your domestic life, helping you to play music, shop online, lock doors, fiddle with the thermostat and look up directions. It can understand either Mandarin or Cantonese, plus it knows some basic English. Though as Wired found out, “basic” is the key word:
Although the DingDong can play any number of Chinese music, dramas, and the like, it was flummoxed by a request for Beyoncé when saying her name in English. It couldn’t provide a stock quote for JD.com because it is listed on the NASDAQ, not in China. And it can only provide one response per question or command. But the company plans to incorporate artificial intelligence to make DingDong smarter.
Beijing LingLong is party-owned by Chinese online shopping giant JD.com. It’s currently selling there for between 798 yuan and 998 yuan.
So this holiday season, why not get your loved ones a LingLong DingDong?
[Images via Beijing LingLong]
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