Earlier today Patently Apple posted a report titled “The Digital Assistant War for Home Automation Device Supremacy is about to get Really Heated.” The report was partly based on a new Reuters report pinning Apple versus Amazon for home automation supremacy. The Reuters report failed to put Microsoft in this battle even though it’s widely known that Harman Kardon will be releasing an Echo-like device powered by the Microsoft digital assistant Cortana later this year. Better yet the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Microsoft yesterday that revealed a very sophisticated, next generation home automation device that is driven by Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant that in my opinion is miles ahead of the Echo – if they get it to market within a reasonable time frame.
“In less than a year, Amazon’s combination of the Echo speaker system and the Alexa voice-controlled digital assistant has come close to delivering on the elusive promise of easy-to-use technology that can control gadgets in the home with a few spoken words. Yet Amazon’s surprise success with Echo sets up a long-term battle with Apple and Alphabet’s Google for primacy in the connected household. And the contours of that competition are following a classic tech industry dynamic,” Reuters reports.
It is the king of web knowledge, but it is coming from behind.
Google is famous for coming to the market late. The search-engine business was well established before it arrived, and yet the company managed to take the lead. It now dominates the category. But can it do the same thing in the smart home?
The new ColorTouch with built in Wi-Fi. A high resolution digital thermostat with a full color touch screen display.