Voice Is the Next Interface: Harman Kardon's Invoke Uses Cortana

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Harman Kardon was bought by Samsung late past year.

According to MSPoweruser, there are rumors that Cortana's speaker integration will be showcased at Microsoft's Build 2017 developers conference, with the Invoke being a possible attendee.

Harman Kardon's Cortana-powered speaker, called Invoke, is set to launch in the Fall, and while it hasn't been properly announced yet, a product page for it did briefly appear on the web, revealing numerous juicy details.

The speaker will allow users to place voice calls to mobile phones, landlines and other devices running Skype, as well as to control compatible smart home and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

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Harman Kardon's Cortana-powered speaker, the Invoke, leaked late last night.

Cortana: Cortana is your truly personal digital assistant created to help you be more productive. According to market research firm, eMarketer, Amazon's Echo holds almost 71% of the USA voice-enabled speaker market, while Google has a almost 24% share.

Harman's Invoke will come with Cortana, as well as calling with Microsoft's Skype voice and video chat service.

A Microsoft spokeswoman declined to say what apps will work with the Invoke, and whether the company plans to introduce its own smart speaker.

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We don't have a price or exact release date for the Invoke, but we do know that the device will go on sale only in the United States at select retailers and Microsoft stores this fall.

Meanwhile, Amazon is reinforcing its position as the leader in the burgeoning market for voice assistants: Earlier this month, Amazon unveiled the Echo Look, a camera for the bedroom powered by the Alexa voice assistant.

Harman Kardon might introduce its Cortana-powered speaker soon and it has been said that the upcoming speaker would sport the same outlook as Amazon Echo which featured a 9.25-inches cylinder speaker and was equipped with a seven-piece microphone array.

It also uses Harman's beam forming, echo cancellation, and noise reduction algorithms to ensure Cortana can hear you, even in challenging environments. Since it's a Harman Kardon product, customers can expect sublime audio quality as well.

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"Touch to surprise" The Invoke features a unique "touch to surprise" user interface panel at the top of the speaker, interactive Cortana lighting, and intuitive buttons.

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