Essential Home Is Another Device to Take On the Amazon Echo

Posted by at 9:49 am on May 30, 2017

Essential Home is a new Amazon Echo competitor. The firm also launched a phone today.

Details are few on the intelligent assistant device. From the photo above, it sports a puck-like shape with a sloping top that’s dominated by a round touchscreen, which allows users to control music, ask general interest questions, set times, and control lights. Essential say it be activated with a question, a tap, or even a glance.

The Essential Home will run the company’s open platform Ambient OS, allowing it to interface with existing smart home products basedon ¬†SmartThings, HomeKit, Nest, and other popular standards. The intelligent assistant will also support notifications and reminders with contextual information displayed on-screen.

Pricing has been disclosed, but the Essential Home is expected to ship later this summer.

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