Remember our post on the rumors of Microsoft’s alternative to Amazon Alexa and Google Home?
An announcement from high-end audio equipment manufacturer Harmam Kardon gives a deeper look into the HK Invoke, the Cortana-powered smart speaker.
Cortana – Microsoft’s AI and ‘digital agent’ – helps Windows-users open apps, check the weather, and manage their calendars. With the recent Windows 10 Creators Update, Cortana even acts as a guide through the tricky setup of PCs. Now, the HK Invoke announcement shows she’ll have a much larger presence in our homes.
Most notably, the announcement revealed a built-in Skype integration in the Invoke. With the integration, users can call their Skype friends directly through the HK Invoke. This feature is currently not offered by either Amazon or Google with their smart assistants.
In addition to Skype calls, the HK Invoke allows users to create to-do lists and send emails. They can also play music through streaming services like Groove Radio – Microsoft’s own third-party streaming service –.
As the device will probably rely on the Cortana Devices SDK integration, users can anticipate digital assistant features similar to the capabilities of Cortana on their Windows phones.
The device can be controlled through a Windows-powered smartphone, so users don’t need to own a Windows 10 PC to interact with their smart speaker.
Here is a teaser video that shows off the sleek design of the device: