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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Do Smart Speakers Need a Screen?

The rash of smart speakers and voice drive smart home control systems continues.    But using them with advanced features, like recipe systems,  or searches that could be augmented with pictures or diagrams, seem to beg for an integrated screen.   But does this just make them another dedicated kitchen laptop?  We have seen a number of such specialized counter devices come and go, tested several in the lab. None survived. Or should they be retained with the simplicity of just voice?  Perhaps with a way to easily cast screens?   Discussed in Retailwire, prompted by a rumor that a premium version of the Amazon Echo will include a screen.

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