DISH Adding Google Assistant Voice Commands

Vuzix Making Alexa-Enabled Smart Glasses, to Debut at CES 2018

Ask for directions, and the Blade smartglasses will show you the way.

The reveal of Google's smart screens is fresh, so all of the details aren't in yet for each of the independent manufacturers.

Google and Amazon weren't alone in voice assistant news this week. In fact, we've sold more than one Google Home every second since Google Home Mini started shipping in October. With the camera above the screen you can make Duo calls.

Like all other Assistant-enabled smart speakers, the JBL Link can receive and respond to Assistant commands in order to control connected devices, add events to calendars, search the web, stream music, or anything else that Google's smart helper can now do. Today, Lenovo has introduced its new Smart Display which is equipped with some of the most advanced technical features including Google's own, Voice Assistant.

"You can talk about AI all day, but if the customer doesn't get any value out of it, it becomes useless", Park said.

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A smart A.I. that follows you wherever you are - home, during the commute, during a morning run or while traveling - gets us much closer to the J.A.R.V.I.S. of "Iron Man" stories.

Vuzix has been a regular at CES for years, crafting head-mounted displays and smartglasses often aimed at businesses - or very enthused wearable fans. When playing the Lucky Trivia game, for example, the Assistant will show the questions and multiple choice options on screen accompanied by bright and fun visuals.

Amazon's Fire TV devices have been shipping with support for Alexa for years, initially offering access to the company's voice assistant via microphones integrated into the Fire TV's remote control. The Assistant now works with over 225 home control brands and more than 1,500 devices, including a bunch of new ones from Abode, Crestron, Gourmia, Insteon, Kohler and Yonomi.

This week set up what will be an ongoing theme for 2018; how companies package their voice assistants into new products, with the ultimate aim of having we, the consumer, use them.

This is interesting because AI is increasingly making its presence felt, and if you want to plug Google-powered AI (via Google Assistant) into hardware, then Android Things is one route. And this week we're announcing that over the coming year, more headphones are on the way from Jaybird, JBL, LG and Sony.

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