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Invoke Speaker Is Microsoft's version of the creepy listening device called Amazon Echo

May 8, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Tom's Guide

A new AI-slinging speaker is rolling into the living room. After a brief tease last year, Microsoft and Harman Kardon today revealed the Invoke, a Microsoft Cortana-powered speaker coming this fall to challenge Amazon Echo and Google Home.

First teased in late 2016, the Invoke will free Cortana from PCs and smartphones, allowing you to control your music and smart home with your voice. Available in black and silver, the Invoke's cylindrical body makes it look like a taller, more tapered Amazon Echo, complete with a glowing, twistable top piece.

The speaker will offer all of Cortana's regular features, and its major differentiator is the ability to make and receive calls with Skype, which Alexa cannot assist with. The other major feature of the Invoke is its sound quality, as the web page announcing the speaker claims it utilizes "Harman Kardon's audio heritage" to reveal "every beautiful detail in your music."

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