Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Lenovo Launches Smart Assistant

A couple of interesting things here. Lenovo is in the space, and given Microvision's recent communications, we know that Microvision is there as well. (And Lenovo is interested in laser projection.

Amazon is apparently also licensing it's voice assistant software, selling it, or cooperating with Amazon. 

Gadgets.ndtv -- More at the source

Beginning with the Lenovo Smart Assistant, it works in the same way as Google Home and Amazon Echo. The smart home device listens to voice commands and performs functions like calling an Uber, playing music, switching on/off other smart appliances, searching online for queries, and more. It is powered by Amazon's Alexa voice assistant, weighs about 760 grams, and comes with 8GB of internal storage. Colour options include Light Grey, Harman Black, Orange, and Blue, and it supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. The Lenovo Smart Assistant starts at $129 (roughly Rs. 8,900) and will be available from May this year.

Additionally, there’s also a special Lenovo Smart Assistant Harman Kardon Edition that is touted to sport superior audio quality for music and home entertainment. This special edition smart assistant will be priced a little higher at $179.99 (roughly Rs. 12,300), and will also be made available in May.

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