HARMAN Reveals the Harman Kardon Invoke™ Intelligent Speaker with Cortana from Microsoft

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Harman Kardon's Invoke speaker, the Microsoft Cortana-powered answer to the Google Home and Amazon Echo, will ship this fall according to a preview page with the first official images of the tabletop device.

When there is smoke there is fire, the adage says, and the recently published product page for the Cortana-powered speaker from Harman Kardon showed that the company was nearly ready to announce the new appliance. While we shouldn't write off the Invoke yet, Microsoft needs to tell us how it's just a single piece of a Cortana-powered ecosystem that presumably spans the PC to your home to maybe your vehicle.

"We are excited to partner with Harman Kardon to create a speaker that combines premium audio and stylish design with the intelligence of Cortana." said Jordi Ribas, CVP, AI Products at Microsoft.

Called Invoke the device uses Cortana's natural language recognition and deep integration combined with Microsoft's suite of knowledge and productivity tools in a bid to take on Amazon's Alexa
HARMAN Reveals the Harman Kardon Invoke™ Intelligent Speaker with Cortana from Microsoft

"With natural language recognition and deep integration with Microsoft's suite of knowledge and productivity tools, Cortana is the most productive digital assistant and already used by more than 145 million people on PC and mobile devices". As teased earlier, the Invoke speaker will offer 360-degree speakers, Skype calling, and smart home control all through voice commands.

Harman Kardon was bought by Samsung late a year ago. Considering this week is Build out in Seattle, we'd be hoping to hear more on not only this device, but the Cortana Skills Kit that powers it.

Harman Kardon might introduce its Cortana-powered speaker soon and it has been said that the upcoming speaker would sport the same outlook as Amazon Echo which featured a 9.25-inches cylinder speaker and was equipped with a seven-piece microphone array.

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The Harman Kardon Invoke will be available in Pearl Silver and Graphite.

Are you ready for the next smart home digital assistant? Pricing details haven't been announced.

Harman's product is also notable because of its potential for audio quality. Microsoft, Cortana and Skype are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies. And it looks like Amazon Echo's conical cousin, right down to the volume dial on top. Since then, Microsoft has made it available on Android and iOS phones, desktops and laptops using Windows 10, and even the Xbox One.

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