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Baidu Research and Peel Collaborate on Next-Generation Voice-Enabled Smart Home Products

Example of Peel's universal remote app interface, with voice functionality enabled by Baidu Research's Deep Speech. Click here for high-resolution version

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 5, 2016) - Baidu Research, a division of Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU), today announced a technology collaboration with Peel.

Baidu's Deep Speech technology will be integrated into Peel's AI-based platform for home control to create next-generation voice-enabled smart home products.

Peel, based in Mountain View, CA, offers a popular universal remote app called Peel Smart Remote for smartphones and tablets. It has more than 150 million users in 200 countries and 10 billion monthly remote commands.

Deep Speech is a state-of-the-art speech recognition system developed using "end-to-end deep learning" by Baidu Research's Silicon Valley AI Lab (SVAIL).

The companies are demonstrating a beta version of Peel's voice-based remote at the GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, CA on April 5-7 (Baidu Research booth #207).

The Peel demo uses speech recognition to access live TV, DVR and streaming content seamlessly across devices. For example, using voice commands, a user can switch between House of Cards on Roku and Game of Thrones on cable TV, or ask to see a line-up of comedy shows or programs about the US presidential election.

Baidu's Adam Coates, who leads the SVAIL team, said: "Speech recognition is at an inflection point. In the future, it will be as easy to talk to your devices as it is to talk to the person next to you. We are excited about the potential of the collaboration with Peel to bring that experience to users."

Peel Co-founder and Chief Product Officer Bala Krishnan added: "This collaboration is opening up new exciting possibilities for our users. Voice command and artificial intelligence are the foundation for the next generation of Peel universal home control."

About Peel
Peel is revolutionizing the home entertainment and home control experience by integrating device control and live or streamed content discovery into one easy-to-navigate universal Peel Smart Remote app. Peel drives brand engagement and TV tune-in for major TV networks and producers through its True Tune-in™ advertising products and Peel.in Platform.

About Baidu Research
Baidu Research, based in Silicon Valley and Beijing, is led by Dr. Andrew Ng, Chief Scientist of Baidu. The organization brings together global research talent to work on fundamental technologies in areas such as image recognition, speech recognition, natural language processing, robotics and big data. http://research.baidu.com/

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