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SK Telecom unveils advanced voice recognition service

All Headlines 16:25 August 31, 2016

SEOUL, Aug. 31 (Yonhap) -- SK Telecom Co., South Korea's top mobile carrier, on Wednesday unveiled an advanced voice recognition service that allows users to control home appliances and listen to music using voice commands.

Using a cylinder-shape speaker that connects with smartphones, household appliances and other smart devices via a Wi-Fi network, a user can turn on or turn off a device, check calendars and select a song or album, SK Telecom said in a statement.

For example, when a user tells the speaker, "Play exciting music" in Korean, it automatically selects a list of exciting music and plays it.

When asked about tomorrow's weather forecast, the service tells weather information about a certain area, according to SK Telecom.

The new service is called "NUGU," which means who in the Korean language.

SK Telecom said the new service can increase its accuracy of voice recognition, using deep-learning technology.

At a test run of the new service during a press conference on Wednesday, however, there was an error.

When a user asked the service to recommend dishes for a menu, it recommended a museum tour.

SK Telecom said it plans to develop the "NUGU" service for vehicles and wearable devices.

The speaker, which will go on sale from Thursday, is priced at 249,000 won (US$223).

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