Harman Kardon and Microsoft unveiled the Invoke today. If Echo and Google Home were to hook up and have a child, we imagine Harman Kardon's Invoke speaker would be the result, at least in terms of looks, with Echo providing most of the dominant genes.
In terms of design, the Invoke speakers come in a cylindrical shape and have a circular ring at the top.
Technical details haven't yet been announced.
As for the features, the Invoke speaker is powered by Harman Kardon's legacy audio technology and projects sound at 360 degrees.
Requirements. You will need a Windows 10 PC or the Cortana app on Android or iPhone to setup the Invoke. It incorporates a long-range microphone system so you can issue voice commands from across the room.
The device, which will launch this fall, is developed by Harman Kardon.
And you can also voice control your compatible smart home devices to do things like turn out the lights or control the temperature. Well, the company just did it in a press release, and we finally have more details about the hardware and all the features enabled by Microsoft's digital assistant. Like Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant, Cortana can offer information on the weather, sports scores, track packages etc. Plus, the intelligent speaker can make and receive calls through Skype. Once invoked, certain skills can manipulate Cortana to begin a conversation between it and the user, it adds. Microsoft, Cortana and Skype are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.
It also uses Harman's beam forming, echo cancellation, and noise reduction algorithms to ensure Cortana can hear you, even in challenging environments. As such, it obviously boasts "captivating sound" projected at "full 360-degrees", possibly aiming to cater to a more demanding audience from an audio quality standpoint than the Echo or Google Home.
With two years having passed since the first Echo getting released, there have been rumors about Microsoft joining the fray, and now we're starting to see some solid info about the speaker from hi-fi speaker manufacturer Harman Kardon that'll house Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana in your home.
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