(ed: i dunno about you – but i long for the day when this age of the phone is done and dusted – when things around us – like this (prototype) smartspeaker – can do what now keeps us glued to/staring at our hands/a handpiece..(!)
and the bloody phone can just go back to what it always was – just a phone..
and people can again do other things ? – i dunno – like looking around..?..)
Move over smartphones.
The battle now raging between the big technology companies for consumer cash is focused on the voice-controlled smart speaker.
Having already conquered the pocket with the ubiquitous smartphone – big tech has been struggling to come up with the next must-have gadget that will open up a potentially lucrative new market – the home.
A pilot light was lit when Amazon’s Echo launched in 2014 and became a sleeper hit.
Now the voice controlled smart speaker is rapidly becoming the next big thing – capable of answering questions – setting timers – playing music – controlling other devices about the home or even potentially selling products.
‘The last 12 months have been explosive for smart speakers – which have surged into the mass market for two reasons.
Firstly smart speakers have become the central control hubs of the smart home ecosystem’ said Ben Stanton – an analyst for Canalys.
‘Secondly and most importantly – the price of smart speakers has fallen drastically’.