Following in the footsteps of the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and the most recently announced Apple HomePod comes the Harman Kardon Invoke— a smart speaker powered by Microsoft Cortana.
The Invoke looks an awful lot like the Amazon Echo. It sports a tall, cylindrical metallic body with a blue light at its top that illuminates when the speaker is listening to you.
Rather than having Alexa as your assistant, or Siri in the case of Apple’s HomePod, this speaker uses Microsoft Cortana, which first made an appearance in the Halo series then later debuted in Windows Phone and Microsoft computers. Cortana helps you answer questions, play music, manage calendars, set reminders, and check the news, traffic, or weather.
Like every other smart speaker, the Invoke controls your smart home devices. You can turn off your lights, adjust your thermostat, or power on your TV with your voice. Invoke integrates with Skype, so you can make calls and send messages, a feature no other speaker has yet.
The Invoke has a seven-microphone listening array like the Amazon Echo, but it offers three times as many woofers and tweeters as the Echo, which only has one of each. Harman Kardon is known for premium audio, so we’d be surprised if it doesn’t deliver an impressive, full 360-degree sound.
The speaker comes in white or black. There’s no word on pricing just yet, but we bet the Invoke will cost somewhere between $100 and $300. For comparison, you can get an Amazon Echo or Google Home for around $130 and Apple’s new smart speaker costs a hefty $350. The Invoke is expected to be released this fall.
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