The Changing Face of Voice Control in the Home

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By Jonathan Collins | 4Q 2019 | IN-5664


Amazon and Google Extending Voice Control into Smaller, Cheaper, and More Mobile Form Factors


Several new offerings are highlighting a push from smart home voice control platform providers to expand voice control beyond the smart speaker form factor. The move will change how voice and smart home control are managed both inside and beyond the home. As usual Amazon has led the way, announcing a slew of new products in September with some starting shipping in the 4Q 2019. For its part, Google added voice control to its latest Wi-Fi mesh routers at the end of October. The routers were also branded as Nest devices to further emphasize their smart home capabilities.

Rings, Glasses, Earbuds, and Routers


There are four new Amazon Alexa devices:

  • Echo Loop: A ring embedded with two microphones, a speaker, and Bluetooth for connectivity to a smartphone app. Alexa is engaged through a button press. Only currently available via invitation.
  • Echo Frames: Glasses that support constant Alexa listening for a wake word. Connectivit…

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