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Harman Kardon's smart speaker Invoke made official on website

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Ramiro Mantilla | 08 Мая, 2017, 16:33

Microsoft shared past year that the Cortana Devices SDK was then in private preview and would be made available more broadly in 2017.

Relatively similar to Amazon's cylindrical home automation hub in design language, the Harman Kardon Invoke "with Cortana by Microsoft" adopts a slightly more premium metal build that also suggests a higher price point than $180 or even $200.

Would you be interested in inviting Invoke into your home?

As we mentioned in our earlier report, Microsoft is not the first tech company to open out its voice assistant technology to third-party developers, with Amazon, Apple, and Google each releasing tools for Alexa, Siri, and Assistant respectively.

The page noted that the speaker will offer all of Cortana's regular features, as well as the option to make and receive calls with Skype.

Looks like a new AI-slinging speaker is rolling into the living room.

The new Devices submenu within Cortana advertises how to set up the new Invoke speaker, connecting it to popular music apps including Microsoft Groove, iHeartRadio, Pandora, TuneIn, and Spotify. The lack of information on the landing page suggests it wasn't the final version, but so far the Invoke looks promising.

"Excellent skills take advantage of Cortana's contextual knowledge of the user to do something useful and clever for them", the page states. At the top of the device is the familiar light ring that looks like Cortana. Is there a Cortana-powered ecosystem in our future?