Amazon is writing its smart assistant
Amazon is writing its smart assistant Alexa to ever more devices from different companies while Apple is trying to play catch-up in the market with its Siri-enabled smart speaker HomePod.
Even non-electronics companies are bringing out voice-activated technologies. For example, Mercedes-Benz has “Hey Mercedes”.
Users do not have to give precise instructions such as “Raise the temperature to 23 degrees”, instead it's enough to say something like “Hey Mercedes, I'm cold”.
However, the technology does not always work according to plan. At the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CSE) in Las Vegas, LG's household helper, a cute-looking little robot called Cloi, embarrassed the company when it was on the stage for lunch.
There is also the question of how the different assistants can co-exist in everyday life. At the moment, each platform is trying to lure users into its world and keep them there exclusively, but in fact it's not unusual for anyone to use the Google Assistant or Siri on their smartphone and Alexa at home.
So device players face a balancing act (19659001) Harman unveiled a solution for how can you work with the different voice platforms, showing an in-car system in which all the assistants are available at the same time and can be activated using their wake-up phrase or an onscreen switch. – dpa