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Revised on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Arf Factor

Published on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Household Smart Devices

In April, The Verge helped rfactor look at Amazon Look.

After Apple’s HomePod was announced at their WWDC, we look to Wired to bring us up to date.

Amazon Echo and Google Home

Amazon Echo

If you’re not already having conversations with a cylindrical speaker sitting on the kitchen counter, you will be soon

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Google Home

AI-powered devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home are poised to invade tens of millions more households this year—even creeping into kids’ bedrooms.

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Sonos Play:3

Sonos Play:3

You’ve never heard Stevie Wonder’s Superstition as sparkly as it does on the HomePod. The flatter Play:3 sounded a little boring by comparison, though its sound is probably more accurate. —More at Sonos’ website

Apple HomePod

Apple HomePod

At WWDC, Apple’s Phil Schiller announced the new HomePod speaker, which is designed to take on Sonos, Amazon, and Google all at once.

The HomePod uses local recognition to hear the Hey Siri command, and encrypts all your communication. The privacy of your in-home speaker is a big deal, and Apple’s making sure it’s on top of it from the jump. The speaker’s not coming until the end of the year, and it’ll cost $350 when it arrives. Apple’s after a higher-end customer than your average Echo owner, and hoping great sound wins them over.

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June 2017