Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Facebook planning two smart devices | UNLIMITED | CMU


“I like small speakers, I like tall speakers”, sang Cliff Richard on ‘Wired For Sound’. But he was conspicuously quite on smart speakers. Well, he’s going to have to make a decision some time soon, because Facebook looks set to join the ever-expanding market for speakers you can shout at.

According to DigiTimes, the social network is set to launch two smart devices in July. Both will feature touchscreens and built in speakers, with a focus on allowing you to video chat with friends and family. Sounds like an utter fucking nightmare.

Sources told the website that the two devices are codenamed Aloha and Fiona. Aloha is the more technically advanced model, using facial recognition as well as voice commands.

The race to put pointless shouty boxes in homes is hotting up at the moment, of course. Amazon is the market leader with its Echo range, followed by Google Home. Apple recently finally got around to launching its HomePod this month, to a fairly lukewarm reception.

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