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Sogou Introduces Top-Notch AI-Powered Smart Recorders

The new devices reinforce Sogou’s leading position in the voice recording industry

Sogou Inc., an innovator in search and a leader in China’s internet industry, unveiled its latest AI-powered smart recorders S1 and E1 at an online launch event. The new devices are designed to help users communicate and get information more accurately and efficiently in various scenarios, offering advanced features including noise cancellation, voice recognition, simultaneous translation, and multi-lingual transcription.

S1, Sogou’s latest premium smart recorder, carries an eight-microphone array that can capture sound within 10 meters. Driven by Sogou’s industry-leading AI technologies, S1 features a noise-canceling function that can eliminate up to 40,000 types of unwanted noises to ensure the quality of recording. Sogou’s smart recognition technology allows S1 to convert audio to text at high speed with an accuracy rate of 98%, making the transcription process quicker and easier than ever.

To assist cross-language communications, the S1 and E1 models can translate between 63 languages and transcribe audio content in 10 Chinese dialects and 10 languages including Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, and Thai. With transcription simultaneously displayed on a touch screen, S1 and E1 help users understand speakers of different languages in real-time and avoid tedious translation tasks. Both models support offline translation and high-quality transcription.

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Today’s event also saw the release of the Forbidden City edition of Sogou’s C1 Pro, meticulously designed in partnership with the prestigious Palace Museum in Beijing. Launched in December 2019, Sogou Smart Recorder C1 Pro supports simultaneous interpretation, data transfer via Wi-Fi, and speech-to-text transcription with a 97% accuracy rate in real-time. The new S1 model also comes in a Forbidden City edition.

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“S1 and E1 mark the next generation of voice recording devices,” said Yang Hongtao, Chief Technology Officer of Sogou. “Packed with advanced AI capabilities that provide an unparalleled user experience, they demonstrate how Sogou is leading the AI revolution in voice recording by making access to information and communication easier with our language-centric AI technologies. Our smart recorders have had great success in the market, and we are committed to producing more easy-to-use smart devices for users.”

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Frant Gwo, the director of the Chinese science-fiction blockbuster The Wandering Earth, shared at the event how Sogou smart recorders had made it easier for his team to communicate with visual effects artists overseas. “By acting as an interpreter and a transcriber at our meetings, S1 freed us from drudgery and allowed us to focus on producing better work,” said Gwo. “S1 also came in very handy when I wanted to record ideas and inspirations in my spare time.”

Sogou’s first-generation AI-powered recorder C1 was launched in March 2019 and has topped the best-selling list on various e-commerce platforms ever since.

Sogou has also built an eco-system to empower the voice recording industry. In August 2019, Sogou opened its Dictation Service to third-party voice recorder companies. Driven by Sogou’s advanced voice recognition technology, its Dictation Service allows users to transcribe, store, and edit recordings on mobile devices and computers. In addition, Sogou founded the Voice Recorder AI Innovation Alliance together with Sony Voice Recorder, AIGO, Newmine, and MSC Group, seeking to revitalize and transform the industry by integrating hardware devices with transcription services based on Sogou’s language-centric AI technologies.

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