LEDVANCE announced that SYLVANIA smart lights can now be easily controlled via voice directly with the OSRAM LIGHTIFY® Gateway and Alexa-enabled devices including the hands-free voice controlled speaker Amazon Echo, helping make the Smart Home a reality for the general public. In addition to being able to control your lighting, Amazon Echo connects to Alexa to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly.
The next major, revolutionary tech device might not be far off from mass adoption, given how many big tech players are moving into the space. Now, I’m not talking about smartwatches (please), I’m talking about smart speakers that live in your home and allow you to interact with their personal digital assistant software. amazon was first in this space with the Echo coming out way back in 2014. But now Google has announced Google Home, it’s own smart speaker system. And there’s even rumors that Apple has been working on a Siri smart home speak for years (well before Amazon unveiled the echo).It’s quite possible in a few years time smart speaks in our homes could be as ubiquitous as the smartphones in our pockets. Apple’s yet-to-be-announced Siri speaker aside, how does Google’s smart speaker stack up against Amazon’s? We took a look to find out.
Google and Amazon’s entrance into the Internet of Things (IoT) industry will help sell the concept of a ‘smart home’, according to major tech players.The launch of smart home assistants like Google Home and Amazon Echo proves that the technology is rapidly approaching maturity, but the public has been noticeably slow to jump on board the connected bandwagon.However, Bosch, a company that has been very active in IoT, believes that these kind of products with wide consumer appeal will also benefit other manufacturers of smart home technology.
Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled “Google Home: Advanced Home Automation for Android Users Introduced at Google I/O.” In that report we noted that Google Home was like Amazon’s Echo meets Apple TV. Earlier this month we posted a patent report titled “Future Apple Devices will Automate Home Automation Processes According to User Behavior Patterns,” wherein we presented an overview of Apple’s intellectual property relating to home automation coming to Apple TV and beyond. The key patent figure is presented below. The report further stated that “With Amazon and now Google catching up to and surpassing Apple’s Siri in some ways, we can only hope that Apple is going to finally deliver on this kind of service for Apple TV at their developer conference next month and out to market this year.”
Days ago, Apple was set to go up against Amazon Echo and Google Home, with its own version of Siri-powered device. The device, to help users in their homes, was likely to be just a speaker, similar to its rivals. The iPhone-maker owning the much-famed audio maker Beats, increased the possibility of launching a similar variant soon.According to CNET, the speaker will have a major addition; a built-in camera. This will not only distinguish itself but also raise the bar for smart home devices. The source stated how the device would be “self-aware” and through facial recognition, it will identify users present in the area.
Google is rumored to be developing a direct competitor to Amazon’s Echo, code-named “Chirp.” The device, which might resemble the OnHub router (pictured above), would incorporate its Google Now voice assistant technology.Google likely will launch the product later this year, according to a Wednesday Recode article that debunked earlier reports suggesting Google would launch the new system at its annual I/O developer conference next week.Google likely will preview the system at I/O, as well as reveal some of its emerging technology in the virtual reality market, Recode said.
The Amazon Echo offers our first serious glimpse into the future of an intelligent home. It’s not perfect, but whether you’re you’re thinking of getting an Echo, hear people talking about “Alexa,” or not sure what the one you have is capable of, here are some of the best things you can do with it.
Hey Siri, thanks for the smaller phone, but how about an Echo-like smart speaker?Thursday’s a big day in tech. Apple’s iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro go on sale. Also available are the latest products in Amazon’s Echo family of smart speakers: the portable Amazon Tap and speaker attachment Echo Dot.For many of you, it’s Amazon’s products and its digital voice assistant Alexa that are the big draw.
Google and Nest reportedly have a bunch of new smart home products in the works, but there may not be much collaboration happening between the two Alphabet subsidiaries.On the Google side, the search giant may be working on a competitor to Amazon’s Echo connected speaker, according to The Information (via The Verge). The story reveals no details about the product, but it seems like an obvious fit for Google, which has already made voice controls a centerpiece of its Android Wear smartwatch platform. A device that answers Internet queries and controls other smart home products could very well tie into Google’s broader efforts to create a new platform for the Internet of Things.
Google wants to extend its services into your home, past the Nest, mobile phones, and tablets. The Information reports there is “secret Google project” to make a competitor to the Amazon Echo, a speaker/voice assistant that sits in your home and listens to commands.The publication doesn’t specifically mention features of the Amazon Echo-like device, as the anecdote was included in a story about Google’s Nest division struggling to integrate within the company.