28 July 2017
Smart speakers are all the rage these days, with most major tech giants racing to deliver their products to market. From Amazon's Echo powered by Alexa to Apple's Siri-based HomePod, the industry is growing fairly rapidly and marks a shift towards digital personal assistants. According to the latest reports, Facebook is also jumping into the mix with a smart speaker of its own.
Although its not official, supply chain sources have corroborated the report. There are also rumors that the Facebook speaker will be touchscreen-enabled, with a huge 15 inch screen to control your smart home devices. This is unlike other competing solutions out there, which are only voice-enabled.
According to a report, "The 15-inch touch panel that Facebook's smart speaker will use is supplied by LG Display, using in-cell technology. The speaker will also be equipped with a magnesium-aluminum-alloy chassis. The device has already begun small volume of pilot production at Pegatron's plants in China.”
The device is reportedly in the works by Taiwan-based Pegatron, and is expected to be available at the start of 2018. According to research firm Strategy Analytics, the AI speaker market is expected to grow as big as $5.5 billion by 2022. It also reported that 5.9 million such devices were sold in 2016 alone.
Smart AI speakers are perhaps here to stay. And it seems that more and more gadgets/appliances are now getting touchscreens. Pretty soon, we will perhaps see touchscreen vacuum cleaners or touchscreen switch boards, and the like. That's actually a good idea - any backers?