IFA was rife with new products coming with Alexa and Google Assistant functionality. One of those announcements came from Mobvoi who is bringing the TicHome Mini with Google Assistant to your home this winter, and we have a closer look for you.
With its small size, the TicHome Mini comes with an onboard battery so you can use it on the go in the backyard or even by the pool with its IPX6 splash-proof rating. With a downward facing speaker design for crisp and resonant sound, the device also comes with a strap that allows you to carry it or place it on hooks or a hanger if required.
“The partnership between Google and Mobvoi has opened up opportunities to combine Google’s industry-leading Google Assistant with Mobvoi’s vision for a portable home assistant form factor,” said Zhifei Li, CEO and founder of Mobvoi. “With TicHome Mini we aim to push the boundaries of how and where AI impacts our daily lives.”
To activate the TicHome Mini, simply say “OK Google” as you would with your Android smartphone or Google Home. With Google Assistant, you can ask the weather, set alarms, manage tasks, schedule events, play songs from Google Play Music, and more. With third-party integration, you can also use apps like Spotify, iHeartradio, Nest, and IFTTT among others.
Features and specifications of the TicHome Mini include:
- Supported Languages: English, German, French
- Voice Assistant: Google voice assistant
- Wi-Fi: Dual band 2.4GHz & 5GHz, support 802.11a/b/g/n
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.2 with Classic, High-Speed & Low-Energy
- Audio: 3W speaker
- Mic: Dual mic array
- LED: Arrays 4pcs RGB LEDs
- Buttons: Action key, volume up, volume down, power key/mic mute
- Battery: Capacity 2600mAh
- Battery life: Standby time (with Wi-Fi connection): up to 6 hours
- Waterproof: IPX6
- Size: 110mm diameter, 43mm height
- Weight: 276g
- Included in the boxTicHome Mini, Micro-USB cable, user guide
Pricing has yet to be announced — it will be less than $100USD, but you can save 30% if you sign up for updates on the TicHome Mini website. When released, it will be available in white, black, red, green, and more.
Are you looking forward to picking up a TicHome Mini when they go on sale later this year? What do you think about the influx of devices with Google Home and Amazon Alexa support? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.