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.
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.


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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