UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ, January 10, 2018 – Onkyo today announced that the new VC-NX01 smart wearable speaker prototype will be exhibited publicly for the first time in The Venetian Bassano Room #2601 during CES 2018. Designed to be worn around the neck, the VC-NX01 integrates several leading technologies to create a truly hands-free device that will be the perfect on-the-go concierge service.

Planned features include automatic activation when placed around your neck; sound design that balances ambient sound such as passing traffic with speaker sound, and integration of Onkyo AI.

The result of in-depth collaborations with SoundHound Inc.’s Houndify Voice AI platform and Toshiba Digital Solutions Corp., Onkyo AI enables:
• Onkyo Voice which adds additional AI voice options if the current AI assistant voice doesn’t suit you;
• Customized recommendations based on a variety of factors including location, time, favorites, etc.;
• Support context and follow up – a feature to handle multiple questions in context.

Pricing and availability are still not to be determined.

About SoundHound
SoundHound Inc. turns sound into understanding and actionable meaning. We believe in enabling humans to interact with the things around them in the same way we interact with each other: by speaking naturally to mobile phones, cars, TVs, music speakers, and every other part of the emerging ‘connected’ world. Our consumer product, Hound, leverages our Speech-to-Meaning™ and Deep Meaning Understanding™ technologies to create a groundbreaking smartphone experience, and is the first product to build on the Houndify platform. Our SoundHound product applies our technology to music, enabling people to discover, explore, and share the music around them, and even find the name of that song stuck in their heads by singing or humming. Through the Houndify platform, we aim to bring voice-enabled AI to everyone and enable others to build on top of it. We call this Collective AI. Our Mission: Houndify everything.