Arriving This Fall, the Harman Kardon Invoke Features Microsoft's Cortana

09 May, 2017, 07:24 | Author: Alicia Barber
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Apple has already indicated that it may use a modified version of iOS with Beats audio technology to power its own smart home speaker, and now it appears that Harmon Kardon has been developing a competitive custom sound profile for customers who purchase Microsoft's Cortana-powered device.

The Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker was officially unveiled today bringing premium audio and the Cortana personal digital assistant together in an elegantly designed speaker.

Like other speakers on the market, the Invoke can accomplish tasks like playing music, interact with smart home devices, manage calendars, set reminders, check traffic, provide news, and more.

And of course, it will include Harman Kardon's "high-quality sound", with "3 woofers and 3 tweeters [giving] full range, true 360-degree sound". Skype users will be able to use the Invoke to place and receive hands-free voice calls. While Skype does make audio-only calls, we're wondering if these companies could pack a webcam into the Invoke to make it a video-conferencing device. "With Invoke, Cortana now becomes available in the home, making her even more valuable".

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Cortana began on Windows Phone before expanding to Windows 10 and Xbox One, and the voice-enabled assistant is now starting to expand to third-party devices through the Cortana Device SDK. Seven built-in microphones help Cortana hear you from any angle in the room, including from a distance, and feature technologies such as echo cancellation to decipher your commands clearly with. Nevertheless, the launch of the upcoming Cortana-powered speakers by the company is highly awaited by every user. Which voice assistant will walk away with the most control after the frantic territory grab of the next few years remains to be seen, but the Invoke will certainly be a contender to keep your eye on. Microsoft says the speaker will work as a smart home controller and can also be used to make Skype calls, something its rivals can't offer. Microsoft is also hoping that partnering with Harmon Kardon means its speaker can avoid one of the bigger problems with these devices-their tendency to sound cheap and tinny.

Invoke will be available in Pearl Silver or Graphite, with a sleek design to enhance your home.

The Invoke is listed as coming "this fall" on the cached web page and will likely be shown off in a couple of days at The Microsoft Build conference.

Available in the US sometime in the fall of 2017, the Harman Kardon Invoke will produce sound using three woofers and three tweeters arranged to deliver 360-degree sound.

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