Audio equipment maker Harman Kardon has quietly revealed a Microsoft Cortana powered home speaker. Looking like the Amazon Echo or Google Home, the Harman Kardon Invoke seems to be aimed at achieving the same goals as its competitors.
Powered by Cortana, the Invoke seems to be yet another smart hub for the home. Complete with built-in speakers. Skype is also built into the device, allowing the user to make calls to others. Which is a feature not quite available on the competition.
That’s all we know about the Invoke at the moment. Presumably, an potential searches will be powered by Microsoft’s Bing; which may put off some potential customers. Still, that’s all speculation at this point.
The Harman Kardon Invoke is set to be released at some time in the autumn this year. Possibly around the same time as the the scheduled Redstone 3 update for Windows 10.
It’s unlikely that the Invoke will reach our shores. None of the other similar products have made their way to Malaysia. The Invoke is even less likely as Cortana is not fully enabled here either. Still, the collaboration is rather curious and may produce some interesting results.
[Source: Harman Kardon]