We previously reported that Microsoft had partnered with Harman Kardon to bring Cortana to your living room or wherever you may desire a smart speaker with a digital assistant. The Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker was officially unveiled today bringing premium audio and the Cortana personal digital assistant together in an elegantly designed speaker.
“We’re excited to work with Microsoft to develop a premium speaker that will deliver an exceptional experience to every customer using 360-degree Harman Kardon sound and the intelligence of Cortana,” said Michael Mauser, President, Lifestyle Audio Division at HARMAN. “Voice-enabled technology is the future; by teaming up with Microsoft, we’re delivering on our promise of elevating a connected life through smart technology, superior sound and the stunning design that is Harman Kardon’s hallmark.”
Key features of the Harman Kardon Invoke include:
- Premium Sound: Harman Kardon high-quality sound featuring 3 woofers and 3 tweeters give full range, true 360-degree sound. The 2 passive radiators are tuned to give a solid bass performance from a small enclosure.
- Cortana –Personal Digital Assistant: Cortana is your truly personal digital assistant designed to help you be more productive. Cortana can set reminders, make lists, manage calendars, provide answers to questions, and much more. Cortana also works across devices, including PC and mobile, so she’s there whenever you need help.
- Skype Calling: Make and receive hands-free calls to cell phones, landlines, and any Skype-enabled device.
- Smart Home Control: Control your smart home devices including lights and thermostat and more.
- SONIQUE™ Far-Field Voice technology: Featuring 7 microphones embedded into the speaker, using Harman’s beam forming, echo cancellation, and noise reduction algorithms to ensure Cortana can hear you, even in challenging environments.
“We are excited to partner with Harman Kardon to create a speaker that combines premium audio and stylish design with the intelligence of Cortana.” said Jordi Ribas, CVP, AI Products at Microsoft. “This is our next step in bringing Cortana to even more devices to help users be more productive wherever they are.”
Invoke will be available in Pearl Silver or Graphite, with a sleek design to enhance your home. Look for the Harman Kardon Invoke with Cortana in the US at select retailers and Microsoft Stores in the fall of 2017. As of this time, pricing has not been announced.
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