Let the Smart Home Invasion Begin: Amazon Pushing Alexa Everywhere

"We're excited to work with an innovative company such as Lenovo to bring the Lenovo Smart Assistant with Alexa to customers this spring", said Steve Rabuchin, vice president, Amazon Alexa. In addition to the televisions, the new Amazon Fire TV-based displays will come with a voice remote that can connect to Amazon's Alexa digital assistant. Conversely, owners of electric Ford vehicles can use Alexa in their home to remotely ask about the car's charge and battery status, estimated range, and lock or unlock the doors.

Ford claims it will be the first automaker to offer real-world integration with Amazon's popular smart home device. The speaker is also created to work with Lenovo smart home devices, as well as a slew of other third-party gadgets. The microphone extends beyond the device and is also used for ventilation for the Intel Atom processor to cool down inside, as reported by the Verge.

The Lenovo Smart Assistant has eight 360 degree far field microphones, that allow the device to interpret voice commands from as far away as sixteen feet. The fact that it starts at $50 less than the Echo is good for Lenovo, too, but that price also puts it head-to-head with the Google Home.

A special black Harman Kardon Edition, which promises superior audio via an additional 2-inch sound cavity, will cost $179.

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One obscure feature of Lenovo's Smart Assistant is its compatibility with the software.

The collaboration uses Ford's Applink, which lets you connect to your favorite apps in the auto, and a special version of the Alexa digital assistant developed by Amazon. It is unclear if it logs user queries like Amazon's Alexa app.

The Dish Music app, which can be connected to DTS Play-Fi-enabled speakers from companies such as Aerix and Klipsch, will become available on all Hopper 2, Hopper 3 and connected Joey clients by February 2017, the company said.

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