There's a good chance Apple will introduce its Amazon Echo competitor in June, says analyst

Todd Haselton for CNBC: "There is an over 50 percent chance that Apple will announce its first home AI product at WWDC in June," KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a note to investors obtained by MacRumors on Monday.

Smart home assistants need assistance to catch on

Yahoo Tech: There's a lot of conversation around voice-activated home assistants, however, according to new data from GfK, there is currently very little conversation actually with devices like Amazon Echo or Google Home.

THE US SMART HOME MARKET REPORT: Systems, apps, and devices leading to home automation

Nicholas Shields for Business Insider: The same issues BI Intelligence first identified back in 2015 still plague the space - persistently high prices, technological fragmentation, and consumers' lack of a perceived benefit from the devices.

Voice calling could soon come to smart home speakers

Business Insider:  Smart home speakers like the Amazon Echo and the Google Home have been thus far positioned as novelty personal assistants, but this could soon change. The Wall Street Journal reports that both Amazon and Google are looking to integrate a voice-calling feature to the speakers, adding valuable functionality for users and giving the tech giants more insight into users' home lives. If the companies manage to launch the feature, it would impact not just the smart home experience, but the mobile one as well.   Cont'd...

Deep-Domain Conversational Artificial Intelligence

Conversational applications may seem simple on the surface, but building truly useful conversational experiences represents one of the hardest AI challenges solvable today.

Mattel's Aristotle Connects Wired Child, Smart Home

Elaine Low for Investors.com:  Alexa, play digger, digger," the redheaded, still-learning-to-speak toddler in the video appears to tell a small electronic device on a bedside stand. The family's new Amazon.com (AMZN) Echo Dot, one of the more popular voice recognition personal assistant devices, replies: "You want to hear a station from porn detected, porno ring tone, hot chick amateur girl …" Frantic relatives scramble to shut off the device as it veers into some highly NSFW (not safe for work) language. The now-viral video is a prime example of how cutting-edge language recognition tools fail when faced with kid-speak. Toy maker Mattel (MAT) recognized the failure as an opportunity: a market niche for a kid-focused, parent-controlled smart speaker amid a growing connected-home market.   Cont'd...

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