For those of you who are looking for a unique Bluetooth speaker that is both portable and has voice control features – check out the Amazon Tap speaker. Powered by Alexa software, this innovative battery powered speaker has the ability to sync with smart home devices, and can connect via both Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth.
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.
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.
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 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.
Smart homes can be hacked by malicious actors over the internet, but now it looks like radio hosts can hijack your smart home over the radio.In late February, National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition took a look at Amazon Echo, the Seattle-based e-commerce giant’s tube-shaped speaker. Embedded in Echo is Amazon’s intelligent voice assistant, Alexa. To activate the speaker, users simply have say “Alexa.” From there, users can command Alexa to play music, get the weather, or even control smart home gadgets like internet-connected lights and thermostats. Following that segment, NPR listeners wrote into the program to tell let them know that their Amazon Echo was listening too.
Amazon hasn’t held any big events or built a big, splashy booth at CES 2016 (which isn’t a surprise, lots of big tech companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft don’t have much of a presence), but the Seattle online retail giant has had quite an influence here nonetheless. Amazon has partnered with multiple companies here to quietly become a major force in home control and automation. By extending the footprint of its nascent Alexa Voice and Dash Replenishment Services, Amazon is turning a bunch of eccentric technologies into a platform that can make life more convenient for consumers—and boost sales for Amazon.Amazon launched Alexa in 2014 as the brains behind the company’s own Echo wireless speaker, and Dash was introduced this past year in the form of stick-on wireless physical buttons that let you order supplies from Amazon without having to use a computer, tablet, or smartphone.
During his keynote speech at the Embedded/IoT Technology conference here Wednesday, Ken Sakamura, creator of TRON, Japan’s home-grown open real-time operating system, blasted Japanese embedded systems designers for their inability to lead the Internet of Things on the world stage.
Sakamura, professor at the University of Tokyo, has always been an out-of-the-box thinker, provocative speaker and passionate proponent for next-generation computing architecture. He has spent most of his professional life developing TRON and promoting such concepts as pervasive or ubiquitous computing in Japan.
Sengled has taken the screw-in light bulb to extremes since 2014, when it introduced the Sengled Pulse LED bulb with Bluetooth wireless audio. Since then the company has packed more stuff into its screw-in bulbs, including Wi-Fi access points (Boost) and IP camera (Snap). Now comes Pulse Flex (with Wi-Fi audio streaming) and Sengled Voice (with built-in mic and speaker for home automation).Both will be introduced at International CES 2016 and previewed at CES Unveiled in New York, Nov. 10, 2015.