CES 2018: JBL ADDS SMART SPEAKER WITH DIS­PLAY TO LINK FAM­ILY

SoundMag - - News - By Athina Mal­lis

Only a few months ago did JBL launch its Link se­ries, four speak­ers with Google As­sis­tant built-in and now it has added a fifth mem­ber to the fam­ily, the Link View.

The Link View is a smart dis­play speaker with of course Google As­sis­tant em­bed­ded into the de­vice. JBL says it is the first smart speaker to in­cor­po­rate the Google As­sis­tant with an 8-inch vis­ual dis­play with a touch screen and 5MP front fac­ing cam­era. JBL says the Link View pro­vides ex­cel­lent sound qual­ity and is ideal for any­one that con­sumes a large amount of con­tent daily. Users can view pic­tures, stream au­dio and video, ask ques­tions, scan recipes, and video call with fam­ily and friends, all with their voice.

Lou Schreurs, VP, Con­nected Home & Lux­ury Au­dio BU, Gen­eral Man­age­ment says, “When we launched the LINK se­ries last year it rep­re­sented a ma­jor mile­stone for us, as the first voice-ac­ti­vated, multi-room speak­ers to use Google As­sis­tant and de­liver Grammy award­win­ning JBL sound. Re­search shows voice ac­ti­vated speak­ers are no mere nov­elty. Sixty per­cent of own­ers now con­sider them a ne­ces­sity. By con­tin­u­ing to en­hance their ex­pe­ri­ence by adding HD dis­play with a touch screen and a front­fac­ing cam­era, peo­ple will find even more ways to make these speak­ers an im­por­tant part of their lives, rou­tines and en­joy­ment.”

The high-res­o­lu­tion touch screen and cam­era is framed by two front-fir­ing stereo speak­ers and a rear-fac­ing pas­sive ra­di­a­tor. It is made with premium ma­te­ri­als that eas­ily wipe clean, and de­signed to have a small foot­print to take up min­i­mal counter space, the JBL Link View seam­lessly in­te­grates into any room in the house

Chris Turk­stra, Di­rec­tor, Google As­sis­tant, “With smart dis­plays, we’re bring­ing the Google As­sis­tant to a new class of de­vice that de­liver a fully in­ter­ac­tive and vis­ual ex­pe­ri­ence. Smart dis­plays can do ev­ery­thing the Google As­sis­tant speak­ers can, with the ad­di­tional ben­e­fit of a beau­ti­ful touch screen. They make it easy to watch YouTube videos, en­joy per­sonal pho­tos, fol­low recipes, con­trol smart home de­vices and more. We’re ex­cited to bring the LINK View to mar­ket with JBL and are com­mit­ted to de­liver a help­ful, vis­ual Google As­sis­tant ex­pe­ri­ence.”

It will first be re­leased in the US mid-year, how­ever there is no word on when it will reach Aus­tralia and no word on pric­ing.

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