If the future of computing really does look like Her, and everyone will soon be talking to their devices and falling in love with the soothing voices in their ears, Microsoft is sitting pretty. Or at least, it ought to be: Its Cortana virtual assistant already integrates seamlessly into Windows 10, works on iOS and Android, and will start showing up in cars soon. It’s good for work, good for play, even has a cool name. Yet Cortana gets left out of the voice assistant in-crowd, because it’s missing one key thing: a smart speaker like the Google Home or Amazon Echo. Those in-home devices have become the first place most people use these assistants, and Microsoft just doesn’t have one. Until now.
Harman / Kardon (USA, Connecticut) and Microsoft (USA, Redmond) reported on the joint development of the acoustic smart system Invoke, equipped with a voice assistant Cortana, developed in Microsoft.
The advertised column is a call to Amazon products (smart Echo speaker) and a wireless speaker with Google Home voice control. Invoke is made in the form of a truncated cone with average linear parameters, equipped with a rotary ring device in the upper part. This adjusting control ring will receive the stylized symbolism of the voice assistant Cortana, executed in the form of a highlighted blue circle. Smart-column management with Cortana allows the user to easily and conveniently access various streaming music services on the network (for example, work with Groove, Pandora, Spotify is provided), and Skype communication is also provided.
The original design provides an arrangement of speakers in a column along a circular system, which ensures the propagation of sound in all directions by 360 degrees. This solution allows you to install Smart Invoke systems anywhere in the room, without worrying about the direction of the sound. While developers are in no hurry to disclose the technical characteristics and functionality of the novelty. At the moment, only know about the time of the release of Invoke for sale – the fall of this year.
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