On Tuesday, Lenovo announced that it will be launching a smart home assistant that’s powered by Alexa, Amazon’s AI, officially competing in the market for voice-activated technology.
It is expected for the new Smart Assistant, to be retailed at a price of US$129, and it will ironically be Amazon Echo’s rival, which also uses the artificial intelligence, Alexa. will compete with Amazon’s Echo speakers using the artificial intelligence developed by Amazon.
Lenovo hopes that this smart home assistant will wow the crowds at the upcoming CES 2017, which is going to showcase countless numbers of mindblowing of tech gadgets and futuristic concepts.
The Smart Assistant will “recognises users’ voice commands to conduct web searches, play music, create lists, calendar reminders and much more” – Lenovo
This move by Lenovo seems to have followed Google’s, after it launched a similar product, which can also react to questions and commands that are voice-controlled. These smart home devices are built such that they can connect to smart devices found in a consumer’s home so he or she can be able to turn on the air conditioning, the oven and even check how many eggs are left in the fridge just by calling out their assistant, quite literally.
“Our goal has never been to simply build smart home devices for the sake of advancing technology alone,” Johnson Jia, Senior VP for Personal Computers and Smart Devices, Lenovo
Despite being officially rivals, Steve Rabuchin, the VP for Amazon Alexa from the US has mentioned that it was excited to work with an innovative company like Lenovo and to help bring the Lenovo Smart Assistant armed with Alexa to customers this year.
We expect the device to be ready in May, but there are no concrete details as of this moment.
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