smart home devices

Bose Speakers Add Voice Control Via Google Assistant

Bose Speakers Add Voice Control Via Google Assistant

Bose is adding voice control to its smart speakers via Google Assistant. The new integration will allow customers to control the speaker with simple voice commands after using the phrase “Hey Google” to get its attention. Google Assistant will introduce the usual array of smart home features. Users will be able to play music, control…

Google’s New Nest Hub Max Adds Face and Gesture Recognition Camera

Google’s New Nest Hub Max Adds Face and Gesture Recognition Camera

Google is consolidating its Nest and Google Home divisions with the Google Nest Hub Max, a slightly bigger version of the Google Home Hub (now the Google Nest Hub) speaker. Beyond the larger size (a 10-inch touchscreen instead of a 7-inch touchscreen), the Nest Hub Max’s most noteworthy addition is a new camera with facial…

New Patent Points to HomePod with 3D Hand Gestures and Face ID

New Patent Points to HomePod with 3D Hand Gestures and Face ID

A recently published Apple patent suggests that the company could be planning to introduce Face ID and 3D hand gestures to its HomePod line of products. The patent specifically refers to a voice-controlled assistant such as a “countertop speaker,” and would allow such devices to recognize faces, as well as hand waves and other basic…

Amid iPhone, Apple Watch Announcements, HomePod Gets AI Upgrade

Amid iPhone, Apple Watch Announcements, HomePod Gets AI Upgrade

Apple is hoping to leverage this week’s excitement about its new product announcements into some extra enthusiasm for its HomePod smart home speaker system, with a software update enhancing its capabilities. It’s essentially an AI upgrade. On the HomePod, Siri, Apple’s virtual AI assistant, can now search for songs by their lyrics, and perform other…

Google Assistant Goes Bilingual

Google Assistant Goes Bilingual

The Google Assistant is now bilingual, and is on its way to a lot more smart devices. The voice-controlled AI assistant’s bilingualism represents an industry first. All the major virtual assistants, including Google Assistant, already supported multiple languages; but this is the first time that such a platform is able to fluently switch between two…

Voice Recognition Enables Smart Home Security Via Google Assistant

Voice Recognition Enables Smart Home Security Via Google Assistant

“…a key security component of all of this is voice recognition.” Google is highlighting the home security solutions enabled by its virtual assistant and third party hardware in a new blog post. Authored by Google Smart Home Ecosystem Director Michele Turner, the post highlights several new and recent offerings. Arlo Security Lights, for example, can…

Facebook Developing Speech Recognition for ‘Portal’ Device

Facebook Developing Speech Recognition for ‘Portal’ Device

Further evidence has emerged that Facebook is indeed working on its own smart speaker system, as well as an AI assistant to operate it. The latest, and perhaps biggest, clue comes by way of code found in the Facebook and Messenger Android app by mobile researcher Jane Manchun Wong. The code enables a rudimentary speech…

Samsung to Unveil Smart Speaker Next Month: Report

Samsung to Unveil Smart Speaker Next Month: Report

Samsung may unveil its smart speaker as early as next month, suggests a new report in the Wall Street Journal. Samsung first hinted that it had an Amazon Echo rival in development last summer, with its mobile head, DJ Koh, coyly stating, “Maybe soon we will announce it.” The company still hasn’t, but insiders are…