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SmartHouse - - FIRST LOOK | IFA 2017 -

Her­alded by SmartHouse Editor, David Richards, the ‘star' of IFA 2017 was Ama­zon's Alexa, as “ven­dor af­ter ven­dor touted the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of their prod­ucts us­ing Alexa as their voice ac­ti­va­tion hero”. Alexa, Ama­zon's ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence smart as­sis­tant, will shortly launched in Aus­tralia and brands such as Har­man, LG and sev­eral of the big phone brands (e.g. Huawei) are ready with com­pat­i­ble tech­nol­ogy. Mo­torola's new­est mid-range, the Moto X4, was also re­vealed to sup­port Alexa.

Lenovo showed the Lean­ing Tower of Echo, which is an Alexa-en­abled Home As­sis­tant speaker dock which turns a Lenovo TAB 4 into a voice ac­ti­vated de­vice.

Har­man re­vealed the Alexa-pow­ered Al­lure, a pre­mium-look­ing and pre­mi­umpriced speaker which of­fers su­pe­rior au­dio qual­ity from a 360-de­gree speaker.

Yamaha have added sup­port for Alexa skills on its Mu­sicCast wire­less speaker sys­tem - the fea­ture in­cludes com­mand­ing a pi­ano to ac­cu­rately repli­cate every nu­ance of a pi­anist's per­for­mance, and have the mu­sic play on every Mu­sicCast speaker.

Alexa has quickly spread via part­ner­ships with other de­vice mak­ers, and one of the most sur­pris­ing part­ner­ships is said to be with LG Elec­tron­ics.

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