Ahead of CES 2018, Roku announced plans to put its software into a bunch of new home entertainment devices—but the company is leaving it up to third-party manufacturers to do so. Today, Roku revealed plans for its new wireless audio platform, Roku Connect, that it will license to hardware manufacturers. Roku Connect will allow soundbars, smart speakers, and other devices … [Read more...] about Roku Entertainment Assistant is Roku’s media-focused answer to Alexa, Siri
Years before Nest and Philips added smarts and connectivity to some household staples, another company tackled another longstanding dream of the connected home. Sonos' multiroom audio system has beaten back many challenges over the years. It continues to battle both proprietary and consortia-led efforts to enable a host of other audio companies to better compete with it. CNET: … [Read more...] about Sonos embraces voice control era with Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant
Animatronics have a funny history in America. They can be clunky (see: Abraham Lincoln’s garish robotic doppelganger at Disneyland, circa 1965). They can be disturbing (see: The Rock-afire Explosion at Showbiz Pizza Place). You could even own your own animatronic hillbilly jug band, because that seems fine. Then there are talking toys that might as well come under the … [Read more...] about You can stuff Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant inside this talking teddy bear
Editors' Note, October 23, 2015: We've updated the piece to account for a few more integrations with Cortana and Google Now.Since the future finally arrived yesterday, according to "Back to the Future Part II," I went into the CNET Smart Home to see if I could turn either Siri, Alexa, Cortana or Google Now into our own version of Rosie from "The Jetsons" and make our place … [Read more...] about Alexa, Siri, let’s talk: Adding voice control to the CNET Smart Home
When it comes to knowing stuff, Google Assistant on Google Home rules the virtual assistant world, according to results of a study conducted by Stone Temple Consulting earlier this year and released today.Microsoft’s Cortana was the second smartest, and Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa brought up the rear.Though Google ruled, “Cortana is pressing quite … [Read more...] about Who’s smartest — Alexa, Siri, Cortana, or Google Assistant?
When developers gather in San Jose next week for Apple's annual conference, there could be a new voice-powered speaker waiting to greet them.Is Siri done playing second fiddle to Amazon's speakers? (Credit: Tom's Guide)Bloomberg reports that Apple has begun assembling a speaker powered by its Siri digital assistant that you'll control with your voice. While the speaker won't … [Read more...] about Hey, Alexa! Siri Speaker Could Debut Next Week
As if managing our interpersonal relationships weren't already challenging enough in this digital day and age, now we have to worry about talking to artificial people as well. The rise of virtual assistants has been surprisingly swift, and the market hasn't slowed down yet. But with so many choices for intelligent agents, the question is, Where do you put your trust? So … [Read more...] about Alexa vs. Siri vs. Google Assistant: Which Smart Assistant Wins?
If you've tried to conduct a conversation with Amazon Alexa, you know just how stilted it can be. "Alexa, will you..." followed by "I don't understand what you mean." The Holy Grail, of course, would be to carry on a multi-faceted conversation, with Alexa responding to a command like "play me some music" with a question of which kind, how loud, etc. Such a voice-driven future … [Read more...] about Why dumb Amazon Alexa conversations are actually really smart
The hottest thing in technology for the last few years has been digital assistants. Artificial intelligence has found its way into our office spaces, homes, and even our pockets. Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and OK Google are just some of the products offered. For many within the tech industry, it is extremely exciting to see where they can go. Get the Free Tracker App to find a … [Read more...] about Digital Assistants Like Siri Are Popular, But Embarrising To Use In Public
Every entrepreneur, side hustler and multitasking professional out there would love to have a virtual AI assistant to take on some of the dull daily tasks that come with existing in the modern era. As with any emerging technology, however, it can be difficult to separate the hype from the facts. There are four major players competing for attention: Amazon (Alexa), Apple (Siri), … [Read more...] about AI Faceoff: Siri vs. Cortana vs. Google Assistant vs. Alexa