Apple working on an Amazon Echo rival that controls smart homes via Siri

Apple working on an Amazon Echo rival that controls smart homes via Siri

Bloomberg reports that Apple is deep into developing a smart home device based on voice commands carried out by Siri, iOS and MacOS's voice-controlled assistant. The device is said to be similar in concept to Amazon's Echo speaker, but more tightly integrated in the smart home environment. With it, Apple wants to take on the existing competition by Amazon and the coming Google Home by Alphabet, Inc.

The project began over two years ago and has progressed to the stage of prototype testing. It's able to control appliances, locks, lights, and curtains via voice activation. It's also said to feature advanced microphone and speaker technology, with some prototypes also including facial recognition sensors – possibily developed with Faceshift and Emotient, two startups which Apple acquired in the past two years. The company has also considered adding mapping information – for example, to notify users when it's time to leave the house for an appointment.

With the device now in prototype stage, Apple engineers are supposedly testing it in their homes, which might take from six months to a year, or longer, given its practice of rigorous trials. In the meantime, the company is working on improvements to Siri with hopes of giving users the freedom to fully control their devices via voice commands within the next three years.

source: Bloomberg

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4 Comments

1. Obádárà

Posts: 217; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

... IF IT WAS APPLE THAT HAD SOMETHING ON GROUND AND OTHERS WANT TO FOLLOW SUITE, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A COPY FROM APPLE CAMPAIGN BY THEIR FANS. LET ME WAIT AND SEE WHAT THEY WILL CALL THIS NOW...

2. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Apple is Skynet.

3. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

i dont think anybody can beat echo....apple could reduce their dominance a bit.but google,with their privacy invasion,wont be able to gain grounds.....microsoft could....if they tether it to xbox

4. surethom

Posts: 1581; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Maybe but Android & Apple have more integration devices & data gathering, so over time I see Android & apple will overtake Echo, but Echo seems like a fantastic device, that i will be getting for poart of my home but mail room will be Google Home.

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