Voice Control

A Google Home First: Local Integration with GE Smart Bulbs via BLE - No Network Needed*

By Julie Jacobson · October 9, 2018 • If you guessed Google's first stab at local home-automation might involve ZigBee, Z-Wave or Thread + Weave ... you would be wrong. Google announces local integration via BLE with GE smart bulbs, along with a new protocol for pairing and control.

Roku’s Cheapest Streamers Ever - 4K Roku Premiere and Premiere+ with Voice Remote Start at $39

By Robert Archer · September 24, 2018 • In addition to new 4K Roku Premiere and Premiere+ streaming media players, Roku announces new OS 9 software for streamers and OS 8.2 for Roku TVs, now compatible with Roku wireless speakers

Amazon’s New Alexa Guard: Huge Implications for Sound Recognition in Security; ADT Stock up 7%

By Julie Jacobson · September 21, 2018 • New Alexa Guard turns Amazon Echo into sound-recognition device, alerting users and professional monitoring stations to smoke/CO alarms and glass breaks; first partner ADT sees stock price soar.

Amazon’s Big Alexa New-Product News: Alexa Guard, TIDAL Streaming, Local Control, More [PR]

By CE Pro Editors · September 21, 2018 • Amazon launches new capabilities across Routines, Music, Smart Home, Home Monitoring, Alexa Calling, Amazon FreeTime on Alexa and more; features begin rolling out to select new and existing Echo devices in the coming months.

Vanco Outlines Spot for Dot Engineering Origins

By CE Pro Editors · September 20, 2018 • Vanco’s product development is rooted in a constant feedback loop with integrators. Its Spot for Dot multiroom audio product for Amazon Echo is a prime example.

Amazon Announces New Echo Devices Including Amp, Subwoofer, Dot and Auto [PR]

By CE Pro Editors · September 20, 2018 • New Echo devices let you add a subwoofer to your Echo devices, amplify or stream high-fidelity music to your existing home audio system (Echo Link), and add Alexa to your own speaker (Echo Input).

Vanco Hits the ‘Spot’ at CEDIA Expo

By CE Pro Editors · September 4, 2018 • Vanco to demo new Spot for Dot amplification system for Amazon Echo Dot at CEDIA Expo 2018. Evolution HDMI-over-IP, Beale Street Audio and Pulse amplifiers also showcased.

Samsung Galaxy Home Smart Speaker Unveiled; Powered by Harman

By Jason Knott · August 10, 2018 • Samsung Galaxy Home smart speaker will support Bixby voice control and is power by Harman AKG with six drivers, eight microphones and a subwoofer.

Control4 Hires Charlie Kindel, Amazon Alexa Smart Home Mastermind

By Julie Jacobson · August 2, 2018 • Charlie Kindel, architect of Amazon Alexa in the smart home, has joined home-automation leader Control4 as senior vice president, Products & Services.

Get Ready for Google Assistant Smart Displays, Starting with Lenovo

By Andrew Nichols · July 30, 2018 • Lenovo Smart Display ($199) is first Google Assistant with a screen -- ideal for consumers married to the Google ecosystem, including Maps, Calendar, Nest, Android phones, Duo video calling, Android Things and more.

Former Sonos Reps Weigh In on IPO

By Chuck Schneider · July 25, 2018 • Former Sonos reps dumped by the company mostly say they would buy stock in the wireless smart speaker company when it goes public at $17 to $19 per share.

Sonos IPO Sets Share Price at $17 to $19

By Jason Knott · July 23, 2018 • Sonos will offer 13.9 million shares at $17 to $19 per share to raise $263M when it goes public.

Smart Speakers, Outdoor Zones Are Future of Multiroom Audio

By Jason Knott · July 19, 2018 • Nortek Security & Control’s Alex Zaliauskas outlines growing distributed audio opportunities for integrators due to smart speakers and new form factors for outdoor speakers.

Nest Folds into Google’s Home Division; CEO Steps Down

By Jason Knott · July 18, 2018 • Google realigns Nest into its home and living room products division to leverage AI and machine learning. CEO Farwan Marwaz steps down.

$155 DEAL - GE’s New Smart Microwave with Scan-to-Cook, Alexa Voice Control

By Julie Jacobson · July 17, 2018 • New smart microwave from GE Appliances offered at $125 with free Amazon Echo Dot - just scan the box for automatic cooking, or 'add 30 seconds' with voice controls. And the GE guy in charge? Last name: Stover.

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