AI-in-a-Box Assistive ADA With Language Translation Captioning Without Internet Connection

By | September 23, 2023


Your very own private AI that you can ask questions and get answers, all in a tiny box! The first AI that you can talk to, and that talks back, running locally with no internet connection so your conversations and data are completely secure. No account, setup, or subscription are needed; just plug in the box and start chatting.

Excerpt: Useful Sensors’ introduction of the “AI in a Box” marks a significant breakthrough in offline conversational AI. In contrast to conventional AI systems, this technology operates independently of continuous internet connectivity. This ensures the user’s privacy and circumvents the need for intricate registration procedures. Powered by the NPU within the Rockchip RK3588S processor, this AI in a Box brings the future of AI-powered interactions to the forefront.  As noted on Cryptopolitan Sep 2023

Summary In Brief

  • Offline conversational AI
  • Live Captions
  • Live Translation
  • Can operate as keyboard streamlining audio transcription or converting videos into text
  • Utilizes “Whisper Model” from github
  • Plastic housing with connection for HDMI display, USB speaker and USB microphone.
  • Runs on Ubuntu 22.04
  • “Fortified” privacy – has no internet connection
  • privacy-focused offline AI that talks like a human without the internet.
  • Offers live captions language translation and works as a keyboard. No Wi-Fi or Ethernet is needed for full privacy.
  • Crowdfunded on Crowd Supply, with a final product due by January 2024, starting at $299, or an early prototype kit for $475 available by December 2023.

Update 10/16/2023

Greetings backers and subscribers, I’m very excited to share a video of real-time, on-device translation as mentioned in our last update.

It’s not yet the universal translators in Star Trek, but we’re ecstatic to have achieved this milestone. While quality will vary depending on the robustness of the language’s model, we’ll support on-device translation for the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Norwegian
  • Persian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Turkish

I can’t wait to see what interactions this technology will unlock!

On the hardware side, we’ve finished the layout of the expansion board with all the circuitry for the LCD screen, microphone, speaker, and USB emulation. It should be assembled and delivered next week, at which point we’ll start end-to-end testing to work out all the bugs, chief among them, cooling, and microphone interference.

Can’t wait to share more next week. Thanks again for all your support!

Live long and prosper,

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Author: Staff Writer

Craig Keefner -- With over 40 years in the industry and technology, Craig is widely considered to be an expert in the field. Major early career kiosk projects include Verizon Bill Pay kiosk and hundreds of others. Craig helped start kioskmarketplace and formed the KMA. Note the point of view here is not necessarily the stance of the Kiosk Association or