Amazon and Intel Joining forces for Home Auitomation

This is from a Blog post.
Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant may move beyond the Echo (pictured) or the Tap. Amazon is partnering with Intel to create a smart speaker that uses Alexa and is driven by Intel hardware.
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Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant may move beyond the Echo (pictured) or the Tap. Amazon… more

The speaker “is intended to help hardware manufacturers accelerate their development of voice-enabled devices with the Intel platform and Alexa Voice Services,” Intel said in a press release. The reference designs will be available in the first quarter of 2017.

The speaker will “support the standards needed for PAN connectivity in the home, including Wi-Fi, Zigbee, Z-Wave, and Bluetooth, and is extensible enough to add video capabilities and environment sensors for an all-in-one customer experience,” Amazon AVS content marketing manager Ted Karczewski wrote in a blog post.

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A speaker with Alexa and video capabilities ? :smile:

The info was a bit sketchy but I am sure more will leak.

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Whoa, folks! Engineering speak alert! :rotating_light:

They are not promising a device with all of those features.

Instead, it is a “reference design.” That’s engineer speak for a blueprint. Intel is going to lay out how a hardware manufacturer might enable Alexa voice services for an RF device. It would likely support any one, or maybe two, of those network protocols – – nobody is saying it’s going to be a five antenna blueprint.

Engineering school definition:

Reference design refers to a technical blueprint of a system that is intended for others to copy. It contains the essential elements of the system; however, third parties may enhance or modify the design as required. When discussing computer designs, the concept is generally known as a reference platform.

It needs to advance due to GH adding competition to the market.

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