Amazon's Alexa Super Bowl Ad is the Voice Assistant I Want

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Amazon is hyping its Alexa voice assistant in a new ad to air during Super Bowl LII this weekend after teasing that new voices may be coming. Turns out they’re celebrities filling in to “help out.” Regardless of what you think of Amazon’s efforts in the voice control space, it’s a pretty funny commercial—and I kind of wish this is how my Echo really worked.

CES - Polk Intros Command Bar Sound Bar with Alexa, 4K TV Support

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS – Polk is giving Amazon’s Alexa a face lift—er, voice lift—with its Command Bar. The sound bar packs in an array of speakers for sound that nicely filled the large presentation space where we got our fist look, plus it includes a wireless subwoofer and, of course, integrated Alexa support. It also includes Polk Voice Adjust technology that makes it easier to hear dialog. The Command Bar packs in dual 4K HDMI 2.0b HDMI inputs, optical input for TV audio, HDMI (ARC) output, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a USB port for Fire TV, and a far field microphone array for Alexa voice control. You can pre-order one for US$299.95 starting April 1, 2018, in the United States and Canada, and in other countries later in the year.

CES – Polk Intros Command Bar Sound Bar with Alexa, 4K TV Support

CES - Schlage Smart Locks with HomeKit and Alexa Support

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS – Schlage showed off their smart deadbolt locks at CES 2018 with HomeKit and Alexa support to Jeff Gamet. Coming soon: Google Home support. Check out TMO’s video interview.

Want a Flying Robot to Monitor Your Home? Check Out Aevena Aire

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Aevena Aire smart home drone

If you’ve been thinking “What my smart home really needs is a flying robot,” then you’re in luck because that’s exactly what Aevena is making. The company has a Kickstarter for its Aire, which is an Alexa-controlled robot that flies around your house monitoring for trouble or just snapping photos and video when you ask. It’s essentially a cross between a security cam and drone that uses multiple sensors and cameras to detect intruders and let you remotely see what’s happening. They say the Aire is quiet so it won’t distract by sounding like a swarm of angry flying machines. You can check out the Aevena Aire on Kickstarter and sign up to get your own flying robot to watch over your home.

Apple Music with Sonos, Alexa, and AirPlay 2

· Dave Hamilton · Analysis

Sonos One with Amazon Alexa, Apple Music, and AirPlay 2

Sonos’s new Alexa support doesn’t offer full control for Apple Music, but next year’s AirPlay 2 integration might just provide Apple Music subscribers full voice-control of their Sonos sytems.

Amazon Intros Echo Plus and Spot, Fire TV 4K

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Amazon Echo and Echo Spot

Amazon just ramped up its smarthome game—and Echo product line—with new Echo and Echo Plus smart speakers, and the Echo Spot.