Harmon Kardon‘s voice-activated speaker, powered by Microsoft Cortana, was teased at the end of last year. The new device, which is now confirmed to be titled Invoke, is set to go up against the Google Home and Amazon Echo for control of your homes. Today, we’ve gotten our first real look at the product via the official Harmon Kardon website.
In a page which has now been taken down (view the cached version here), a handful of details and images of the device were revealed. Like the Google Home and Amazon Echo, the Invoke is a cylindrical, or near-cylindrical, connected speaker which produces 360-degree sound. The device itself features a metal cabinet which looks like it will be available in two colors: black and silver.
As to what features it will offer, the Invoke description on the website says: “Enhance every moment with captivating sound, voice control your music and smart home, make and receive hands-free calls with Skype, get answers to your questions, and more.”
Apart from that, we don’t have much else to go on with the Invoke so far. The lack of information on the landing page suggests it wasn’t the final version, but so far the Invoke looks promising. If nothing else, it will be exciting to see what Cortana can bring to the fast-growing world of connected speakers.
Meanwhile, the Amazon Echo is believed to be getting an upgrade soon with a new version featuring a touchscreen — a product which could steal attention from the Harman Kardon Invoke if they’re announced around the same time.
The Invoke is listed as coming “this fall” on the cached web page and will likely be shown off in a couple of days at The Microsoft Build conference. Pricing and regional availability details weren’t mentioned on the website.
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