Apple investors have been debating the company’s seemingly fuzzy artificial intelligence vision and wondering whether it will ever catch up with Amazon in the home automation space.
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Whirlpool Corporation announces a new collaboration with Amazon that will usher in a suite of home appliances responsive to voice control. In early 2017, new smart appliances launching across the company’s portfolio of brands will feature voice control capabilities through Alexa enabled devices.
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Aug. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — “Did I lock the car?” “How can I warm up my car on a snowy morning without going outside, get my news and still get to work on time?” These are questions that can leave many car owners feeling frazzled. But not G80 and G90 owners, as Genesis is the first automaker to launch an Alexa skill, allowing remote voice commands to control connected cars. Genesis Connected Services can take care of these tasks and more from inside the home using the Alexa voice service on Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Amazon Tap. The new Alexa skill for Genesis is available today across Alexa-enabled devices.
Home automation has been a mess of competing standards, hardware and software.Alphabet’s Nest and Apple have made progress in bringing some order to the chaos.Amazon advances home automation much further
CES is a double-edged sword for tech journalists. Its the largest consumer electronics trade show in the United States and one that constantly looms on the horizon like an ominous cloud filled with the promise of long hours and sleep-deprived nights. At the same time, its a space where we can gawk at remarkable innovations that will soon shape the future of the industry, redefining technology as a whole and paving the way for more advanced application as they do.
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Apple, Google and Amazon have been investing in IoT to achieve first-mover advantage. In 2014 Apple announced the launch of HomeKit, marketed as home automation platform. The first shipment of devices, manufactured by Ecobee and Phillips Hue, are set to appear in retail later in 2015.
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Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) may have given up on smartphones, but it isn’t quitting hardware.
According to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal [subscription required], Amazon has laid off “dozens of engineers” at Lab126, the business unit behind Amazon’s various consumer electronic devices, including the Kindle and its ill-fated Fire Phone.
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Amazon has teamed up with SmartThings to add more options to its Echo Internet-connected smart speaker, offering a range of neat home automation features. Not too long ago, Amazon released a software development kit (SDK) for its Echo, enabling outside devices to be programmed to work directly with the smart speaker. Samsung’s connected home system called SmartThings is now joining the party to offer even more neat functionality.
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Amazon’s been working hard to improve Alexa, the cloud-based voice service that makes its Echo gadget more than just an ordinary Bluetooth speaker. Back in June, Amazon made available its Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), a collection of self-service APIs and tools that make it easy for developers to improve Alexa’s skill set. Now Amazon is launching a Lighting API for Alexa with the Samsung-owned SmartThings platform jumping on board.
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